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A Solution of the Starting Point Problem in the Nomenclature of Fungi
V. Demoulin, D. L. Hawksworth, R. P. Korf and Z. Pouzar
Vol. 30, No. 1 (Feb., 1981), pp. 52-63
Published by: International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1219390
Page Count: 12
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The present system of disparate starting points for fungi is shown to be incapable of producing a stable unambiguous nomenclature. Its faithful application not only imposes an intolerable sterile bibliographic burden on taxonomists but also forces them to make subjective biological decisions. A solution to this problem exists in Prop. 32 for modification of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. This proposal would give a single starting point date of 1753 for all fungi but would retain the protected status granted by the existing Art. 13.I.f to names used by Fries in his "Systema" vol. 2 and 3 extend it to vol. 1 and to Persoon's "Synopsis" for the names for which this was the starting point book. The advantages for nomenclatural stability and simplicity of this proposal are outlined, and contrasted with the catastrophic changes that would arise from adoption of the current Prop. 31 (which we therefore strongly oppose).
Taxon © 1981 International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)