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Systematics Section/ASPT

Barkworth, Mary [1].

Nomenclature: it affects us all.

Several major changes have been made to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature as a consequence of decisions made at the last International Botanical Congress, held in 2011 in Melbourne. These included changing the name of the Code to the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN), allowing the use of English or Latin when publishing a new name or combination, permitting completely electronic publication, requiring registration when publishing a new name or combination of fungi and lichens, and accepting Martinov’s names as having been validly published. This last means that Hordeeae has priority over Triticeae and Sacchareae over Andropogoneae. Another result of the 2011 Congress was the establishment of five Special Committees, each of which will report and make recommendations for consideration by the Nomenclature Section of the next International Botanical Congress which will be held in China in 2017. One Special Committee is charged with determining what would be involved in making registration mandatory for all organisms covered by the ICN; another with developing bylaws that will formalize the procedures by which changes to the ICN are considered and voted on; a third with considering the procedure by which institutional votes are allocated; a fourth with finding ways to harmonize the two Codes affecting Cyanophytes/Cyanobacteria that will avoid the assignment of multiple names to the same organism; and the fifth with identifyin works in which types were automatically selected.. The names of the committee members can be found under the Nomenclature tab on the web site of the international Association of Plant Taxonomists ( Those studying the organisms covered by the ICN are encouraged to become familiar with the issues involved and share their thoughts with the appropriate committee and/or discuss with their colleagues any other changes to the ICN that might lead to greater stability in the names used for algae, fungi, and plants. A pdf file of this poster, which is intended to promote discussion is available at no cost.

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1 - Utah State University, Department of Biology, 5305 OLD MAIN HILL, Logan, UT, 84322-5305, USA

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Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Grand Salon A - D/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PSY001
Abstract ID:563
Candidate for Awards:None

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