2. The Amsterdam Declaration on fungal nomenclature

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Mycotaxon, vol.116, pp.491-500, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 116
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.5248/116.491
  • Journal Name: Mycotaxon
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.491-500
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: No


The Amsterdam Declaration on Fungal Nomenclature was agreed at an

international symposium convened in Amsterdam on 19–20 April 2011 under the auspices

of the International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi (ICTF). The purpose of the

symposium was to address the issue of whether or how the current system of naming

pleomorphic fungi should be maintained or changed now that molecular data are routinely

available. The issue is urgent as mycologists currently follow different practices, and no

consensus was achieved by a Special Committee appointed in 2005 by the International

Botanical Congress to advise on the problem. The Declaration recognizes the need for

an orderly transition to a single-name nomenclatural system for all fungi, and to provide

mechanisms to protect names that otherwise then become endangered. That is, meaning that

priority should be given to the first described name, except where there is a younger name

in general use when the first author to select a name of a pleomorphic monophyletic genus

is to be followed, and suggests controversial cases are referred to a body, such as the ICTF,

which will report to the Committee for Fungi. If appropriate, the ICTF could be mandated to

promote the implementation of the Declaration.