[Taxacom] Organism names in the news - Plant name housekeeping

bti at dsmz.de bti at dsmz.de
Tue Sep 21 14:11:38 CDT 2010

I saw a different press release where this rather sobering link was  
also included:



Quoting ICZN-EM <iczn-em at nhm.ac.uk>:

> Somewhat surprisingly, an article on plant taxonomy and nomenclature landed
> on the front page of The Guardian yesterday (this is arguably the UK's best
> newspaper, parallel to the New York Times). You can read it here:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/19/scientists-prune-world-plant-l
> ist?
> with this linking to all the comments:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/19/scientists-prune-world-plant-l
> ist?showallcomments=true#comment-fold
> These make some interesting reading, as of course a few people take this in
> flaming, incendiary directions, and a few commentators put a more accurate
> spin on this story. Some of you might like to fight the good fight here, as
> the Guardian readership is very large.
> Overall, the message I think we should take from this is the timeliness of
> getting our global names house in order and on-line. We finally have the
> tools to do it and it needs to be done in very short order. The world is
> beginning to expect it.
> Bring on ZooBank.
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