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Colloquium in Honor of John McNeill

Wiersema, John [1].

An analysis of 120 years of conservation/rejection proposals.

The earliest successful proposal, to conserve the generic name Malvastrum, was the only one of 81 proposed in 1892 to enter the 1906 International Rules of Botanical Nomenclature, adopted by the International Botanical Congress of Vienna-1905, which first provided a "list of names which must be retained in all cases" as an Appendix.Some 400 generic names comprised this first Appendix. Over the last century the Appendices of conserved names, and since 1983 for rejected names, have grown considerably as a result of the now almost 5,000 proposals to conserve or reject names that are recorded in the Smithsonian Institution's Proposals and Disposals website created by Dan Nicolson. The percentage of proposals relating to spermatophytes is ca. 63, with fungi making up 17, algae 7, bryophytes 6, ferns 4, and fossils 1 percent. Currently some 2500 names appear in Appendices II-IV of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (Vienna Code) as conserved names and another 200 names are rejected outright in Appendix V. To these same Appendices will be added 167 and 67 names respectively in the new Melbourne Code.The full range of proposals is subjected to analysis through time, by taxonomic group, by type of proposal, by success rate, and by a number of other variables.

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Proposals and Disposals database

1 - USDA - Agricultural Research Service, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Bldg. 003, Rm. 124, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC-West, Beltsville, MD, 20705-2350, USA


Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C3
Location: Delaware D/Hyatt
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: C3003
Abstract ID:398

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