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Monday, January 23, 2012

More electronic and No more Latin -

(Curtis's Botanical Magazine, vol 32 (1810)

InternationalCode of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) was established in 1905 to govern the botanical nomenclature. This entity is under the umbrella of International Association for Plant Taxonomy and meets every six years at the International Botanical Congress. It oversees not only the taxonomy for plants but also that for fungi and algae. At its most recent meeting in Melbourne, Australia (XVIII IBC) several proposals to amend the code were discussed.  
- e-only publications will be valid from the beginning of 2012, the requirement to deposit a number of paper copies in libraries is no longer applicable either.
-as of January 1st 2012 new name/species is published the diagnosis can now be written either in English or Latin.
Both of these a quite revolutionary decisions within the plant sciences.

(from Species Plantarum by Linnaeus 1753)

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