Elizabeth C Moylan
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:251doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-251
The electronic version of this article can be found online at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/11/251
Published: 14 September 2011
The XVIII International Botanical Congress held in Melbourne, Australia this July , a gathering of more than 2000 plant scientists from 73 nations, witnessed exciting developments in the field of plant taxonomy. At the meeting, a resolution was passed with a large majority to enable new taxonomic names to be published electronically and their accompanying descriptions and diagnoses to be published in English or Latin rather than the obligatory Latin description . These are truly ground sweeping changes to the 'International Code of Botanical Nomenclature'  henceforth to be known as the 'International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants', and brings 'the Code' bang up to date in the 21st Century.
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