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Colloquium in Honor of John McNeill

Knapp, Sandra [1].

Where angels fear to tread.. the future of naming.

John McNeill has calmly steered the botanical community through two International Botanical Congresses, presiding over some very major changes in how botanical (including mycological) nomenclature works.His vision, however, has always been broader than just botany, and has encompassed the complexities of naming in novel and innovative ways. Naming of plants and animals diverged early on in the history of nomenclature, but attempts to establish a "bionomenclature" unifying these systems have never gained much traction in either of the communities. I will review the state and politics of this joint (or not so joint) enterprise and speculate about its future in the age of technology. Along the way I will diverge into a few other nomenclatural minefields such as cultivated plants to outline a vision for the future of nomenclature for the 21st century.

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1 - The Natural History Museum, Botany Department, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK


Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C3
Location: Delaware D/Hyatt
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 4:30 PM
Number: C3010
Abstract ID:619

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