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Free Content Responsible species description: A change of attitude is needed to facilitate and improve access to biological material

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Abstract:

It remains one of the primary responsibilities of taxonomists to describe and concomitantly disseminate information about the novelties they discover through their research efforts and associated herbarium and field work. However, given the present-day emphasis on benefit sharing concerning access to components of biodiversity, taxonomists should be much more circumspect when conducting field- and other work in foreign countries. It is imperative that project proposals submitted for consideration for support or funding take cognizance of the needs of taxonomists and biodiversity specialists in the countries in which fieldwork is to be conducted.

Keywords: ACCESS TO BIODIVERSITY; SYSTEMATICS; TAXONOMY

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Office of the Chief Director: Biosystematics Research & Biodiversity Collections, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X101, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa / H. G. W. J. Schweickerdt Herbarium, Department of Plant Science, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 0002 South Africa; and Centre for Functional Ecology, Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Universidade de Coimbra, 3001-455 Coimbra, Portugal;, Email: smith@sanbi.org.za 2: Department of Botany, P. O. Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, 6031 South Africa ; and Centre for Functional Ecology, Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Universidade de Coimbra, 3001-455 Coimbra, Portugal

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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