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The Present Situation and Prospects of Plant Taxonomy in China

Jin Shuang Ma and Quan Ru Liu
Taxon
Vol. 47, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 67-74
DOI: 10.2307/1224020
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1224020
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Abstract

Facing still unresolved taxonomic problems in many plant groups and overshadowed by recent economic and social changes, classical plant taxonomy in China is seriously threatened by the gradual loss of taxonomists and funding, not to mention the extinction of undescribed plant taxa resulting from environmental degradation at the approach of the 21st century. The status of floristic projects, taxonomic publications, and the staff and students of herbaria and botanical institutes is presented. The solution to problems limiting plant taxonomic research and floristics in China appears to be dependent primarily on supporting current co-operative projects and raising additional research funds through Chinese and international collaborative efforts.

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