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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS OF FUNGI TO ENHANCE FOOD SAFETY AND FOOD SECURITY Title: Recommendation for the conservation of the name Streptomyces scabies. Request for an opinion.

Authors
item Lambert, D - UNIV OF MAINE, ORONO ME
item Loria, R - CORNELL UNIV, ITHACA NY
item Labeda, David
item Saddler, G - SCOTTISH AG SCI AGENCY

Submitted to: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: August 10, 2007
Publication Date: October 1, 2007
Citation: Lambert, D.H., Loria, R., Labeda, D.P., Saddler, G. 2007. Recommendation for the conservation of the name Streptomyces scabies. Request for an opinion. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 57:2447-2448.

Interpretive Summary: The name of the bacterial species that causes potato scab was changed in 1997 from Streptomyces scabies to Streptomyces scabiei in order correct improper use of Latin. The original name has been used since 1914 and this created confusion among researchers in agriculture and science as well as complicating the ability to search for information about this microorganism in online databases. A Request for an Opinion from the Judicial Commission of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes, which has jurisdiction in this matter, has been drafted in accordance with the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes to propose a return to the original species name.

Technical Abstract: The taxonomic name of the pathogenic Streptomyces species that causes potato scab was changed in 1997 from Streptomyces scabies to Streptomyces scabiei in order to correct improper usage of Latin. The original species name had been in the literature since 1914 and this created confusion among researchers in agriculture and science as well as complicating the ability to search literature databases for information on this microorganism. A Request for an Opinion from the Judicial Commission of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes has been drafted in accordance with the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes to propose conservation of the original species name, Streptomyces scabies.

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