DNA sequences as types: A discussion paper from the Special-purpose Committee established at the XIX International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen, China

Kevin R. Thiele, Wendy L. Applequist, Susanne S. Renner, Tom W. May, Ali A. Dönmez, Quentin Groom, Samuli Lehtonen, Christine A. Maggs, Valéry Malécot, Hwan Su Yoon

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Abstract

A special-purpose Committee on DNA Sequences as Types was established at the XIX International Botanical Congress (IBC) in Shenzhen, China, in 2017, with a mandate to report to the XX IBC in Madrid in 2024 with recommendations on a preferred course of action with respect to potential amendments of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants to allow DNA sequences as types. This is the first in an expected series of papers from the Special-purpose Committee on this issue. We set out the background to the establishment of the Committee, explore key issues around typification that are pertinent to the question of DNA sequences as types, enumerate pros and cons of allowing DNA sequences as types, and foreshadow options for future discussion and potential recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-973
Number of pages9
JournalTaxon
Volume72
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2023

Keywords

  • DNA sequences
  • eDNA
  • typification

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