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Title: Towards One Generic Name for Monophyletic Lineages

item Rossman, Amy

Submitted to: Inoculum
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/15/2007
Publication Date: 6/28/2007
Citation: Rossman, A.Y. 2007. Towards One Generic Name for Monophyletic Lineages. Inoculum.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: With the integration of asexually reproducing fungi into meaningful phylogenies, the need to use the same generic name for a monophyletic lineage has become urgent. At present Article 59 of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) requires the use of a sexual state name for sexually reproducing species (teleomorph) while a second generic name must be used for asexually reproducing species (anamorph) in the same lineage. As a result two different generic names must often be used for species in one lineage. This dual nomenclature is confusing to non-mycologists as well as many mycologists and needs to be changed. Allowing asexually reproducing fungi to be placed in teleomorph genera would be a major step forward in solving this problem. Various proposals will be presented on how to move in this direction using examples from both well-studied and under-studied groups of fungi. In examining this issue care must be taken to separate nomenclatural from taxonomic issues such that nomenclatural guidelines can be developed that apply to unknown situations and unintended consequences of changes to nomenclature rules are anticipated. The goal is to formulate proposed changes to the ICBN that will solve this problem that mycologists can agree on so that changes can be implemented at the next International Botanical Congress in 2011