NOMENCLATURE OF THE FUNGI, Art. 59
A hot topic is the nomenclature of pleomorphic
and anamorphic fungi as ruled by Article 59 of
the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, which causes vivid debates.
Do we still need separate names for teleomorphic Asco(/basidio)mycetes and
their anamorphs? Results of molecular analysis seem to make this dual
nomenclature, which has grown through many decades, superfluous. Many
mycologists plee for the (partial) abolition of Art. 59. Abolishing it
immediately will cause inacceptable chaos in fungal nomenclature. David
Hawksworth has taken the lead on 19 March 2001 with a thought-provoking set of
proposals. In an internal circle several papers were written pro and contra these
You will find hereDavid Hawksworth´s original
proposals and a 32 pages text by G.L.
Hennebert & W. Gams, which analyses six possible ways of
progressively unifying classification and nomenclature of the higher fungi. The
3 pages of illustrations and 1 page of annex to this paper are to be retrieved
separately here (Figure 1, 2,
Last update: 19 August 2002
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