naming of species?

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Thu Oct 11 14:19:00 EST 2001


Well, if you are just naming a cultivar you have developed, all you
really need to do is make sure someone hasn't made and named the same
cross or a similar mutant--no Latin diagnoses, etc.  You may, however,
have to negotiate the world of Plant Patents. (shudder)

M. Reed

Somatic wrote:
> 
> Whew!  I have much respect for taxonomists and the labor they endure!
> 
> Monique Reed wrote in message <3BC5C16D.75112141 at mail.bio.tamu.edu>...
> >Yes, and the burden is on whoever is doing the naming and describing
> >to throroughly check the existing literature on the group to make sure
> >the organism hasn't been known before under some other name.  With
> >plants, this usually means collaborating with whomever is/are the
> >expert(s) with the family or genus.  It also usually entails long
> >hours of looking through herbaria to see if the organism has been
> >collected before and if so, under what name.
> >
> >In my case (new plant from a well-collected temperate zone), the
> >sequence was
> >
> >1.  Wonder if I had something new
> >2.  Read a lot of literature
> >3.  Contact an expert or two or three and set up a collaboration
> >4.  Look at herbarium sheets to see if anyone else had ever found it
> >(they had, but the specimens were all misidentified)
> >5.  Collaborator checks karyotype, seed anatomy, and uniform garden
> >test results
> >6.  Do field surveys to determine range and take many, many
> >measuremnts from many, many individuals to fix the characters of the
> >new species
> >7.  Take the plunge and be ready to assert that we had a new species.
> >8.  Decide on a name and check numerous books and databases to make
> >sure the name hasn't been used in the genus before.  Our plant was
> >definitely a member of an existing genus, so all we had to choose was
> >the specific epithet
> >9.  Find someone to write a Latin diagnosis
> >10-12.  Write, rewrite, submit, edit
> >13.  Publish
> >
> >From the first inkling in the fall of 1990 to the publication in 1993,
> >this process involved two countries, thousands of plants, three field
> >seasons, lots of phone calls, a ton of mail, and a good deal of "What
> >if we publish and everyone laughs?"  No one did.
> >
> >In the case of a new species from the tropics, where the discoverer
> >*is* the expert in the group and already has a thorough knowlege of
> >existing literature and herbarium holdings, the above would be
> >considerably streamlined.
> >
> >Monique Reed
> >
> >
> >Somatic wrote:
> >>
> >> I'm not a taxonomist, but I think you publish the information in a
> scholarly
> >> journal making sure you follow the guidelines set forth by the Botanical
> >> Code of Nomenclature.
> >>
> >> Richard Brooks wrote in message <9q3mum$ihq$1 at newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk>...
> >> >How does this process happen and where does one go to, to find out if
> the
> >> >plant variant exists and can be given a name?
> >> >
> >> >Many thanks,
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >Richard Brooks.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >




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