International Phycological Society

Phycological Representative to the IAPT Name Registration Committee

In 2011, the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) formed a committee to explore the possibility of requiring the registration of botanical names for algae and land plants. The report of this committee was published in Taxon (Barkworth et al., 2016). At that time, the committee did not recommend that algal names be registered. Following the report, a permanent committee was formed by the IAPT to continue development of registration databases. The committee has become a part of the International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants (Turland et al., 2018, Provision 7.6).

The International Phycological Society may nominate one person to sit on this committee. This person represents the phycological community but is not bound by the views of the International Phycological Society, its membership or its Board of Directors. Their decisions should be made independently and in the best interest of the entire phycological community. Unless separately elected to the IPS Board of Directors, the Phycological Representative will NOT be a member of the IPS Board of Directors and would not have a vote on matters before the IPS Board of Directors.

General guidelines for the Representative can be found here.


Barkworth et al., 2016. Report of the Special Committee on Registration of Algal and Plant Names (including fossils). Taxon 65: 670-672.

Turland et al., 2018. International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Shenzhen Code) adopted by the Nineteenth International Botanical Congress Shenzhen, China, July 2017. Koeltz Botanical Books, Glashütten.

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