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taxonomy, phylogeny and cultonomy

  • Subject: taxonomy, phylogeny and cultonomy
  • From: "Peter Boyce" <p.boyce@rbgkew.org.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 10:46:15 -0500 (CDT)


Wilbert's email concerning cultons and cultonomy has got me to 
thinking (well, something had to) that with the leaps in techniques 
and tools available to taxonomists that have been made in the past 
decade it might be time to review what we call ourselves, based on 
what we do.

My primary interest is in elucidating species and genera in the 
family Araceae. Species, genera and familes are taxa. I am 
studying the morphological differences and similarities between 
these taxa. I am a taxonomist.

I have a student who uses the taxa I recognize to try to elucidate 
the processes that lead to species being evolutionarily related. This 
process is called phylogenetics and the resulting framework of 
related taxa is called a phylogeny. Is she, therefore, a phylogenist?

Wilbert has an active interest in cultivated manifestations of taxa. 
These are called cultons. Is Wilbert thus a cultonomist?

Answers in an email, please?

Peter Boyce
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond, Surrey
Tel. (+44) (0)20 8 332 5207
fax. (+44) (0)20 8 332 5278
email: p.boyce@rbgkew.org.uk (work)
       boyce@pothos.demon.co.uk (home)

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