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Nomenclature course at the Latin American Botanical Congress

Will you be attending the Latin American Botanical Congress in Quito, Ecuador? Would you like to learn more about nomenclature? If so please consider signing up for the botanical nomenclature course that is being offered by IAPT. The course occurs on 19-20 October. The cost is $25, which includes a copy of the print version of the new Spanish translation of the 2018 International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Shenzhen Code). The instructors get no better than this:

Jefferson Prado (Brasil,, Sandra Knapp (U.K., and Nicholas Turland (Germany,

If you have already registered for the Congress but would like to add this course, just choose the option for the course at: If you have not yet registered for the Congress please go here: and choose both items, the registration for the Congress and the registration for the course. Note registration discount ends 30 September!

Course Description:

Knowledge of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants (DOI is important for those wanting to name new species or taxa at higher ranks, but it also provides the rules for navigating the sometimes difficult to interpret naming of the past 265 years. This two day course will cover the main principles and rules of the newly published Shenzhen Code (Turland & al. 2018). Topics include how to publish a new name, how types fix the application of names, how to find the correct name for a taxon, conservation and rejection, and special rules for fungi, algae and fossils. We will also introduce and discuss the changes that were made to the Code in the IBC in Shenzhen, China in 2017, and that are now important parts of the new rules. The course will have morning and afternoon sessions both days (2 lectures each session). The lectures and course notes will be in English and Spanish, but questions and discussion can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Participants are encouraged to bring their own nomenclatural problems to the course, where we can discuss them as a group and perhaps solve them. The course is sponsored by the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) who support and facilitate the nomenclature of algae, fungi and plants between International Botanical and Mycological Congresses (IBC, IMC).

Preliminary schedule for lectures (subject to change)

Day 1 (Friday, 19 October 2018)


Introduction/Publication (Sandy Knapp)

New names (Jefferson Prado)


Typification (Sandy Knapp)

Citation/Spelling (Nick Turland)

Day 2 (Saturday, 20 October 2018)


Correct names for taxa (Jefferson Prado)

Algae, fungi and fossils (Nick Turland)


Conservation, rejection, suppression etc. (Jefferson Prado)

Changing the Code (Sandy Knapp)


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