Proposals to Conserve Important Species Names in Aspergillus and Penicillium

  • J. C. Frisvad
  • D. L. Hawksworth
  • Z. Kozakiewicz
  • J. I. Pitt
  • R. A. Samson
  • A. C. Stolk
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Although the Botanical Code has allowed for conservation of generic names for a number of years, until recently no mechanism existed for protecting important species names. For example, under the Botanical Code prevailing at the time, Samson et al. (1976) and Pitt (1979) had no alternative to taking up earlier names for currently accepted species, at least in cases where it could be shown that well documented neotypes existed. In particular, Samson et al. (1976) revived P. verrucosum Dierckx for P. viridicatum Westling, while Pitt (1979) took up P. aurantiogriseum Dierckx 1901 for P. cyclopium Westling 1911 and P. glabrum (Wehmer) Westling 1893 for P. frequentans Westling 1911. Both Samson et al. (1976; 1977) and Pitt (1979) evaded the issue of the relationship of P. griseoroseum Dierckx 1901 with P. chrysogenum Thorn 1910, clearly in the hope that a method might eventuate for saving the obviously threatened P. chrysogenum. More recent work (Cruickshank and Pitt, 1987) has clearly demonstrated the synonymy of these two species.


Aspergillus Nidulans Penicillium Chrysogenum Fungal Genetic Citric Acid Fermentation International Botanical 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Frisvad
    • 1
  • D. L. Hawksworth
    • 2
  • Z. Kozakiewicz
    • 2
  • J. I. Pitt
    • 3
  • R. A. Samson
    • 4
  • A. C. Stolk
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept of BiotechnologyTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.CAB International Mycological InstituteKew, SurreyUK
  3. 3.Division of Food ProcessingCSIRONorth RydeAustralia
  4. 4.Centraalbureau voor SchimmelculturesBaarnThe Netherlands

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