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Free Content The Acacia retypification debate: Perspectives of African amateur botanists

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Amateur botanists represent an important constituency that makes significant scientific contributions in fields such as biogeography and is the source of important funding for research and conservation issues. We argue that the African ama- teur botanical constituency has not had a platform to make a contribution to the Acacia retypification debate. We further raise concerns that what we perceive as the failure of the Spermatophyta Committee to adhere to nomenclature guidelines has the potential to undermine nomenclature processes, and the legitimacy of botanical decision-making bodies. It exposes these bodies to accusations of marginalization of Third World countries, especially those in Africa, and has possible legal ramifications, all with the potential to disrupt research and conservation priorities.

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Affiliations: 1: African Queen Mines, Box 66, Maun, Botswana, Department of Geology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa;, Email: 2: AEON—Africa Earth Observatory Network, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7707, South Africa

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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