Topical Collection "Feature Papers in Plant Systematics, Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Classification"

Editor

Prof. Dr. Daniel Potter
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Collection Editor
Department of Plant Sciences, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Interests: Angiosperm systematics (taxonomy, evolution, and phylogenetic relationships of flowering plants); diversity and relationships of crop plants and their wild relatives; ethnobotany (study of the direct relationships and interactions between people and plants)

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

As is apparent from the title, this Topical Collection “Feature Papers in Plant Systematics, Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Classification” aims to collect high-quality research articles, short communications, and review articles in all fields about the latest studies and feature papers in plant systematics, taxonomy, nomenclature and classification.

For the selected works of this section on plant systematics, taxonomy, nomenclature and classification, we will focus on plant discovery and identification, description and nomenclature, classification and evolution. Topics covered in this section include, but are not limited to:

  • molecular phylogenetics
  • taxonomy and nomenclature
  • community phylogenetics
  • phylogeography
  • plant domestication 
  • speciation and species concepts
  • historical biogeography
  • character evolution
  • hybridization
  • polyploidy

Prof. Dr. Daniel Potter
Collection Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers (2 papers)

2021

Article
Match Algorithms for Scientific Names in FlorItaly, the Portal to the Flora of Italy
Plants 2021, 10(5), 974; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10050974 - 13 May 2021
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Abstract
Scientific names are not part of everyday language in any modern country, and their input as strings in a query system can be easily associated with typographical errors. While globally unique identifiers univocally address a taxon name, they can hardly be used for [...] Read more.
Scientific names are not part of everyday language in any modern country, and their input as strings in a query system can be easily associated with typographical errors. While globally unique identifiers univocally address a taxon name, they can hardly be used for querying a database manually. Thus, matching algorithms are often used to overcome misspelled names in query systems in several data repositories worldwide. In order to improve users’ experience in the use of FlorItaly, the Portal to the Flora of Italy, a near match algorithm to resolve misspelled scientific names has been integrated in the query systems. In addition, a novel tool in FlorItaly, capable of rapidly aligning any list of names to the nomenclatural backbone provided by the national checklists, has been developed. This manuscript aims at describing the potential of these new tools. Full article
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Article
Volatile Profiles of Five Variants of Abeliophyllum distichum Flowers Using Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC-MS) Analysis
Plants 2021, 10(2), 224; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10020224 - 24 Jan 2021
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Abstract
Abeliophyllum distichum (Oleaceae), which is the only species in the monotypic genus and is grown only on the Korean peninsula, has a high scarcity value. Its five variants (white, pink, round, blue, and ivory) have different morphological characteristics in terms of the color [...] Read more.
Abeliophyllum distichum (Oleaceae), which is the only species in the monotypic genus and is grown only on the Korean peninsula, has a high scarcity value. Its five variants (white, pink, round, blue, and ivory) have different morphological characteristics in terms of the color of petals and sepals or shape of the fruits. Despite its high value, there has been no study on variant classification except in terms of their morphological characteristics. Thus, we performed a volatile component analysis of A. distichum flowers and multivariate data analyses to reveal the relationship between fragments emitted from five variants of A. distichum flowers with their morphological characteristics. As a result, 66 volatile components of this plant were identified by headspace solid-phase microextraction gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC-MS), showing unique patterns for each set of morphological characteristics, especially the color of the petals. These results suggest that morphological characteristics of each variant are related to the volatile composition. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Towards the Aggregation of Ethnobotany and Pharmaceutical Botany Data in Italy
Authors: Stefano Martellos
Affiliation: Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste, Via L. Giorgieri 10, 34127 Trieste, Italy
Abstract: Italy is facing a true revolution as far as plant data are concerned. The establishment of the LifeWatch Plant Data centre at the University of Bologna is leading to a framework of efforts for aggregating plant data, thus producing a common access point to all the information the national botanic community has collected in the past, and will collect in the future. An effective aggregation requires protocols, data standards, and a common taxonomic backbone. The latter is now available, thanks to the efforts of several research groups, which led to the online publication of national checklists for vascular plants, lichens, mosses, and liverworts, in the framework of project Dryades. Thus a step forward is the development or/and an appropriate reuse of protocols and data standards for aggregating other data, and making them interoperable in a common, wide information system. A successful example of aggregation of resources from different, independent databases is FlorItaly, the online checklist of vascular plants. To aggregate ethnobotany and pharmaceutical botany data, a joint effort was started in 2020, aims at developing a novel data standard, built upon previous experiences such as the Economic botany data collection standard. A first draft standard has been developed, and will be tested thanks to the contribution of several research centers in Italy. This manuscript details the effort which led to the development of the draft standard, and the first results of its testing.

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