[Taxacom] The rules and DNA

Luis Popa popaluis at antipa.ro
Fri Apr 27 16:21:12 CDT 2012

Perhaps the intention of Article 32.3
was to avoid descriptions highly subjective (aesthetic features, economic,
medicinal or culinary usage, etc).
A specific genetic makeup of an organism is an objective reality (of
course, leaving the technical limitations aside) and I think that in
principle it could be used to define an entity. I supose the resistance to
the acceptance of this kind of characters resides in these being available
only through indirect observation.

Luis Popa, Ph.D.
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-----Original Message-----
From: "Veldkamp, J.F. (Jan Frits)" <Veldkamp at nhn.leidenuniv.nl>
To: Paul van Rijckevorsel <dipteryx at freeler.nl>,
"taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:58:03 +0000
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] The rules and DNA

> The Botanical Code requires for a new taxon that a diagnosis or
> description must be given for a name to be valid.
> 32.2. A diagnosis of a taxon is a statement of that which in the
> opinion of its author distinguishes the taxon from other taxa.
> However, in the Vienna II Code (2006) some restrictions were imposed:
> 32.3. The requirements of Art. 32.1(d) are not met by statements
> describing properties such as purely aesthetic features, economic,
> medicinal or culinary usage, cultural significance, cultivation
> techniques, geographical origin, or geological age.
> “such as” --- If I remember well, the intention of this Article was
> that one or more morphological characters had to be given. Therefore
> giving merely molecular sequences would be invalid as well.
> A diagnosis may now be given in Latin or in English. Thus the argument
> that Latin would require a new vocabulary is a non-issue. If one can
> produce an English diagnosis, Latin is pliable enough to cope with that
> if you really try. Just think, how can Vatican encyclics (in Latin!) be
> written dealing with current issues if it wasn’t?
> My 2 cents
> J(e)F Veldkamp
> Netherlands Centre of Biodiversity Naturalis, section National
> Herbarium of The Netherlands, POB 9514, 2300 RA Leiden,The Netherlands
> All plants are hybrids, but some are greater bastards than others
> _______________________________________
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] on behalf of Paul van Rijckevorsel
> [dipteryx at freeler.nl]
> Sent: 27 April 2012 19:44
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] The rules and DNA
> From: "Richard Zander" <Richard.Zander at mobot.org>
> Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 6:39 PM
> Subject: [Taxacom] The rules and DNA
> There is some misapprehension that changes in the Botanical Rules now
> allow description of species solely with DNA data. Check this: 
> http://planetark.org/wen/65264
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