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Title: (390) Proposal to preclude homonymy of generic names with names of intergeneric graft-hybrids (chimaeras)

Author
item Mcneill, John - Royal Botanical Gardens
item Shaw, Julian - Royal Horticultural Society
item Wiersema, John

Submitted to: Taxon
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/3/2016
Publication Date: 10/27/2016
Citation: McNeill, J., Shaw, J.M., Wiersema, J.H. 2016. (000) Proposal to preclude homonymy of generic names with names of intergeneric graft-hybrids (chimaeras). Taxon. 65:1198-1199.

Interpretive Summary: The International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants is revised every six years to incorporate decisions of the Nomenclature Section of successive International Botanical Congresses (IBC). The Nomenclature Section considers and approves rules that govern the scientific names of plants. The proposal in this paper will be considered at the IBC in Shenzhen, China in 2017, and seeks to avoid duplicate names being assigned to genera that might already be in use for graft hybrid genera. Names of the latter are not currently dealt with in the above Code, as they are covered under the separate International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. Nothing currently prevents a duplication or conflict from occurring between the two Codes. To avoid the confusion this would create, a proposal described in this paper is submitted to prevent that from happening.

Technical Abstract: The International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants is revised every six years to incorporate decisions of the Nomenclature Section of successive International Botanical Congresses (IBC) on proposals to amend the Code. The proposal in this paper will be considered at the IBC in Shenzhen, China in 2017, and seeks to avoid problems of generic homonymy with graft hybrid names that are not currently dealt with in the above Code. Names of intergeneric graft hybrids, otherwise known as chimaeras, are covered under the separate International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants, and nothing currently precludes adopting the same name for a genus as one already applied to a graft hybrid genus. To avoid the confusion that would ensue if this occurred, a proposal to prevent homonymy of generic names with names of intergeneric chimaeras is submitted.