[NAFEX] changing scientific nomenclature
bob at sprucemt.com
Mon Sep 9 23:00:17 EDT 2002
Endothia parasitica, the chestnut blight fungus, is now Cryphonectria
parasitica. When first described it was thought to be a new genus and
therefore given a new name (Endothia). Later it was decided that it
belonged to a genus (Cryphonectria) that had been described earlier and
the generic name was thereby corrected. The same explanation accounts
for most such name changes but it sure can confuse us non-taxonomists.
Bob Hartley PA z6
tanis cuff wrote:
> Ee Gad, YES the botanical scientific names are changing ! I tested seeds
> for a few years, and I had to upgrade the lab's seed herbarium because there
> were so many recent changes in crops, weeds, and range/reclamation species.
> If anyone is interested, I could post some websites.
> Tanis Cuff
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