IMPLICATIONS OF TAXONOMIC INCONSISTENCIES FOR PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES DOCUMENTATION

M.G.P. van Veller, R. Hoekstra, W. van Dooijeweert
Taxonomy is an important input to the documentation of plant genetic resources collections. It is the basis for various genebank management activities such as the identification of the accessions and structuring of the collection. For identification purposes, taxonomic inputs such as genus, species, and intraspecific name (including authorities) are generally included in the documentation systems of genebanks. Besides these formal taxonomic ranks, a classification of the accessions into crops and sub-crops, cultivar or common names may also be included. Moreover, taxonomy is an essential input in evaluating the coverage of variability within a particular crop in a genebank, as well as its utilization in breeding and research activities. Structuring the collections is important for defining representative samples from genebank collections. Hereby, these samples can be selected from the perspective of the curator or from the perspective of a user interested in particular characteristics. Either way, for the selection of representative samples, a priori structuring of the collection by (e.g.) taxonomic, geographical and descriptive data is essential. For these genebank management activities, a stable taxonomy for the material included in the genebank collections is desired. However, changing insights in taxonomy, the use of different nomenclature as well as spelling errors, hamper stability and standardization.
van Veller, M.G.P., Hoekstra, R. and van Dooijeweert, W. (2008). IMPLICATIONS OF TAXONOMIC INCONSISTENCIES FOR PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES DOCUMENTATION. Acta Hortic. 799, 143-146
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2008.799.20
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2008.799.20
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