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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:10 pm 
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There is a meeting sometime which must make a decision ... not sure when.

Maybe we can find out. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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Thanks :thumbs_up:

Could you reveal how many votes we have so far?

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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Would love to know what impact we're having in this regard, Imberbe! Can you reveal the numbers?

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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To Stark: "Bumping posts is bad forum etiquette." :naughty:

Stark: "I know." :tongue:

If you haven't voted, please consider doing so.

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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Signed too on the site, AND clicked the confirmation email! And I have read on there that the next meet where this is to be discussed is to be in Mebourne in 2011.

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia
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Micetta wrote:
Will somebody please explain to a blonde, why there cannot be an african acacia and an australion acacia?


voted. :thumbs_up:

Time to bump this thread again :twisted:

@ Micetta: recently completed DNA studies suggest that the Australian acacias and the African (and American) acacias are not as closely related as previously thought. This means one of the two groups need to get another "surname" - which is the genus name (Acacia) - to show that they are quite different.

The right decision - following the rules of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature - should be that the African and American acacias retain the genus name Acacia (because the type specimen for the name Acacia is an African species), but internal politics made the powers-that-be among international botanists decide that the Australian wattles should get the name - :evil: :evil: . So please go vote "yes" at the link provided in the first post of this thread, and help African botanists challenge the decision at the next meeting in 2011.


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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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Dabchick :thumbs_up:

What is so infuriating is that by doing that they are completeing regarding the general rules of nomenclature, a type specimen is a type specimen you cannot change that :slap: :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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Thanks for the explanation, Dabchick - I see it is indeed about a power struggle: really silly as nature couldn't care less! However, I've been so at sea with renaming the birds already that I don't want to begin relearning the trees too! I voted. :thumbs_up:

BTW, when is the final decision being taken?

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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Hi All, Just thought you would like to know that that meeting was held from the 17th-22nd July in Melbourne (I was lucky enough to attend that and the following conference :D ) and Sadly Africa has lost the name Acacia. As Dabchick said earlier, it was a case of politics... :(

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And the worst is that : Acacia is actually a derivitive meaning with a point ( thorny ) , whereas the majority of Acacia's in Australia do not even have thorns :wall:

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Now make us change ... :sniper:

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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:lol: Yes, that is what we warned the international people proposing to take the name away from Africa would happen. I somehow don't think this 'war' is over yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition
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Imberbe wrote:
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Now make us change ... :sniper:


Indeed. No one said that anyone need to accept the classification that was proposed where the African, American acacias, and the Australian wattles, should all have different genus names. It is quite acceptable to state that one only accept the original classification (called Acacia sensu lato or "Acacia in the broad sense", which means that we call all the affected species -African, American, and Australian species- Acacia. You only need to use the new names if you accept the new classification. Which I don't - I will call them Acacia.

And the battle will go on - at the next meeting (however many years in the future :hmz: ) there will very likely be a proposal to reverse the decision that was taken at this last meeting.


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