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Research Project: Plant Genetic Resource Acquisition, Conservation, International Exchange, and Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Support for the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System

Location: National Germplasm Resources Laboratory

Title: The International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants in action: the establishment and functioning of Special-purpose Committees

item SMITH, GIDEON - Nelson Mandela University
item WILSON, KAREN - National Herbarium Of New South Wales
item Schori, Melanie

Submitted to: Taxon
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/29/2019
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: This article discusses how Special-purpose Committees of the International Botanical Congress are formed and how they might operate. These committees evaluate complex topics that deal with how plants and their relatives are named. The committees meet over a period of several years (up to 6) between successive International Botanical Congresses.

Technical Abstract: Between International Botanical Congresses, Special-purpose Committees, previously simply called ‘Special Committees’, fulfil an important function on behalf of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Code) through addressing particular topics assigned to them by the Nomenclature Section of an International Botanical Congress. We give background on the establishment and membership of Special-purpose Committees, as well as recommendations and suggestions on how they could conduct their business.