International Committee on Bionomenclature (ICB)

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Founded 1995, as International Commission on Bionomenclature, within the framework of International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), and with support of International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) and CABI. Also referred to as: Inter-Union IUBS/IUMS International Commission on Bionomenclature; BioCode. Organization created following considerable international debate, culminating in a meeting, 16-18 Mar 1994, Egham (UK), of interested parties.


Serve as the scientific body that will develop the framework for future organismal nomenclature within ICSU and both founding unions; provide a forum for discussion between representatives of the various organizations and committees responsible for the international rules governing the scientific names of extant and fossil organisms; explore issues of common concern to founding organizations and committees so as to identify and implement common solutions; promote understanding of organismal nomenclature amongst biologists as a whole.

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Works on harmonization in terminology: prospective international rules for the scientific names of organisms (revised 2011); promotes establishment of infrastructure for the registration of new names and nomenclatural acts. Currently in charge of IUBS programme on Bionomenclature Across All Organism Groups (2010-2012). Organizes workshops and symposia.


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  • Research, Standards
    • Nomenclature

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1. Jun 2012
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