[Taxacom] State of taxonomy

Rafaƫl Govaerts R.Govaerts at kew.org
Sat Dec 21 10:34:41 CST 2013


I cite from the paper "Such broadly comparative taxonomic publications, however, were not seen to be increasing in number. It is difficult to imagine taxonomy truly flourishing without a measurable increase in their production."
It is odd that the number of such publications remains stable with (according to the author) a dwindling number of taxonomists. Also surely if the core output remains the same you cannot conclude there is a crisis and by writing"It is difficult to imagine taxonomy truly flourishing without a measurable increase in their production.", it is implied that taxonomy wasn't flourousing before either. It' a shame the author did not go into this further.
Rafael
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Cooke [elizabeth.cooke at plants.ox.ac.uk]
Sent: 21 December 2013 14:22
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A commentary in this months issue of New Phytologist on the state of taxonomy may be of interest:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nph.12612/pdf

Merry Christmas

Lizzie Cooke


Elizabeth Cooke
Postgraduate student,
Department of Plant Sciences,
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University of Oxford,
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