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Plants have been cultivated for millennia for agricultural, forestry and horticultural purposes, yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain clarity and understanding in the science of naming cultivated plants. The value of knowing a plant's precise name and understanding its origin, development, description, classification and performance potential is steadily increasing, though it is often underestimated. Stability and harmonization in cultivated plant names can be achieved only with clear and widely accessible information. This will facilitate communication about the plants and improve their introduction, breeding, production, and conservation, which are all crucial to human life. To provide leadership in this area, a new organization, the International Association for Cultivated Plant Taxonomy (IACPT), has been launched in Wageningen, The Netherlands on 18 October 2007 during the 5th International Symposium on the Taxonomy of Cultivated Plants. This Association seeks to promote the field of taxonomy and nomenclature of cultivated plants and to encourage international relations among individuals and institutions interested in this field and related disciplines. Its members will include taxonomists who work on cultivated plants, international cultivar registration authorities, representatives of plant breeders rights authorities, plant breeders, crop scientists, agriculturists, foresters and horticulturists, plant physiologists and others. To achieve its goals, the IACPT is expected to sponsor symposia, publish a journal dedicated to cultivated plant taxonomy, develop databases and on-line resources for improving stability in the nomenclature of cultivated plants and to be a vehicle for discussion of the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants
) and provide advice to queries on its implementation. Further information can be obtained and will be regularly provided on its website: www.iacpt.net.
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