New botany rules jetison Latin

New rules, approved by the International Botanical Congress in July, will no longer require Latin descriptions of new species for publication in online academic journals and books. The change will be implemented to "speed up the process of officially recognizing new plant species."

Apparently botanists now believe that the cumbersome process of learning enough Latin to write scientifically accurate and grammatically correct Latin descriptions had greatly slowed down the publication process. "Eliminating the Latin requirement and moving to electronic publication will really expedite and simplify the process of describing the diversity that's out there," said James S. Miller, Ph.D., Dean and Vice President for Science at The New York Botanical Garden.