Colloquium in Honor of John McNeill
Moore, Gerry .
A review of over 100 years of proposals to amend the International Code of Botanical Nomenclatur.
The modern codes of botanical nomenclature began at the 1905 International Botanical Congress with the adoption of the 1906 International Rules of Botanical Nomenclature. At first, the "international code" was not adopted by all and other alternative codes were followed by some. The differences between these early codes are reviewed, as well as the compromises made that led to the widespread acceptance of a single botanical code of nomenclature in the 1930s. The code has generally been revised every six years in conjunction with the International Botanical Congress meetings. The formal process by which proposals are made to amend the code is reviewed and a summary is provided on all of the proposals made to amend the code since the 1905 International Botanical Congress. Details are provided on some of the more significant changes that have been made to the code over the past 100+ years, and how these have impacted the way in which plant nomenclature is practiced. A review is also made of some of the more stubborn issues in plant nomenclature that have been debated at most recent International Botanical Congress meetings. Differences between the current codes of nomenclature for botany, zoology, and bacteriology are reviewed with thoughts provided on which approaches may be best suited for the practice of biological nomenclature in the future.
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1 - United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2901 East Lee Street, Greensboro, NC, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: Delaware D/Hyatt
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 2:30 PM