Missing names from the Fungal Name Repositories found in the literature related to Chinese fungi - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew research repository
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Missing names from the Fungal Name Repositories found in the literature related to Chinese fungi

17 July 2019

Abstract

Fungal taxonomy has a history of more than 260 years, with authors publishing over 475,000 names. Three online Fungal Name Repositories were established to manage registration of new names. During data collection for a project to develop a modern Checklist of Fungi in China and the first Redlist assessment of macrofungi in China, 532 names of Chinese fungi, distinguished in 5 different categories, were found missing from the three repositories. The absence of these names from the repositories badly hampered the transmission of information on fungi. Managing and checking these names is important in maintaining the high quality of fungal taxonomy and provides a sound basis for any future research involving fungi.

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