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MSA - Systematics/Evolution

Rossman, Amy Y. [1].

One Scientific Name for Fungi: How and When will this Happen?

Discussions about use of just one name for each fungal species have been in progress for over a decade. The general consensus is that this needs to happen. With the upcoming International Mycological Congress in 2010 and the International Botanical Congress the following year, it seems time to agree on the guidelines for moving in that direction. The most logical approach for unifying scientific names of pleiomorphic fungi, i.e. those that have more than one reproductive state, is to apply the Principle of Priority. In cases where this would result in loss of a commonly used name or numerous name changes, that scientific name should be conserved. Such conservation may be required for generic names such as Bipolaris 1959 over Cochliobolus 1934. If Bipolaris were conserved, no name changes would be required in order to recognize only one name for each species. Conservation may also be expedient for species names. Examples will be presented to explore the feasibility of applying the Principle of Priority to agree on one scientific name for each fungal species. Changes in the ICBN to recognize one scientific name for fungi would essentially be eliminating Article 59. With the use of molecular tools to determine phylogenies, the usefulness of this Article has passed. As a first step the ICBN should be changed such that after a certain date only one correct scientific name could be applied to new fungal species. Itís time for mycologists to end the confusion and join the ranks of most biologists in allowing only one scientific name for each species.

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1 - United States Department of Agriculture, Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Lab, Rm. 304, B-011A, 10300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, Maryland, 20705, USA

scientific names
Article 59.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Session: P2
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: P2SE032
Abstract ID:414

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