Fwd: RE: [Annelida] Vouchers again
(by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Sun Jun 22 15:29:13 EST 2008
Response of Sergio Salazar. Intended for the list.
>>> On 22/06/2008 at 2:58 a.m., Sergio Salazar <savs551216 from hotmail.com> wrote:
If the molecular studies have such a sad panorama, just think about the traditional ecological studies.
Almost no journal request detailing identification manuals or procedures, nor the deposit of a reference collection.
In a couple of papers on science and taxonomy policy (in Spanish, sorry), we have argued, among other things, that there is at least a 5:1 abundance of ecologists:taxonomists. If ecologists, despite the fact of being the main users of taxonomic publications, do not support taxonomy by citing key publications and by vouchering specimens, then who would back up our requests for more and better funding?
Of course, if ecologists suddenly want to deposit their materials, we will face a very serious demand for space and expertise, making worse the current taxonomy crisis. Nevertheless, once our natural partners (ecologists) become our political allies, we might get better funding programs and help solve the staff and space issues in a not so far future.
We have also stated that solving the taxonomy crisis is a national issue. National and state governments must provide funding to improve the current situation. The needs might be solved with a modest amount of money. The political will is more difficult to obtain, indeed.
Support your nearest taxonomist,
> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:54:27 +1200> From: g.read from niwa.co.nz> To: annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu> CC: > Subject: [Annelida] Vouchers again> > Dear all,> > Noticed this from Fred and others in the latest issue of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution: > http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10557903 > > Pleijel, F.; Jondelius, U.; Norlinder, E.; Nygren, A.; Oxelman, B.; Schander, C.; Sundberg, P. ; Thollesson, M. 2008: Phylogenies without roots? A plea for the use of vouchers in molecular phylogenetic studies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48(1): 369-371.
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