[Taxacom] Call for proxy votes for the forthcoming International Botanical Congress

Paul Kirk p.kirk at cabi.org
Wed Jul 6 15:54:12 CDT 2011

This is NOT for the convenience of taxonomists, african or otherwise ... it's for the convenience of the users of the services taxonomist provide - paramount of which is a stable method of naming taxonomic groups.

From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] on behalf of John Grehan [jgrehan at sciencebuff.org]
Sent: 06 July 2011 18:20
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Call for proxy votes for the forthcoming International Botanical Congress

Fred R. Barrie, Secretary

-----   Botanical nomenclature has always been governed in a democratic
General Committee for Botanical Nomenclature

Even democracy can be abused. If I am correct that the current Type is
for an African taxon, then one might ask how many botanical
nomenclaturists are in Africa vs in Australia-South America. Perhaps I
am wrong, but it might seem as if non-Africans are making a grab for
what is currently an African type to suit their (non-African)
convenience, never might the convenience of African taxonomists.

John Grehan


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