Several people have expressed to me their dissatisfaction
with the current system of nomenclature for dominant mutations
in Arabidopsis. According to this system, which dates back to
an informal gathering of Arabidopsis researchers at the Michigan
State Meeting several years ago, the accepted practice is to use
the same nomenclature (3 lower case letters) for both dominant
and recessive mutations. This can obviously be changed if there
is general agreement that the current system is not acceptable.
This may be a good time to discuss this matter because several
reports are being written at this moment that will likely include
a listing of accepted nomenclature for Arabidopsis. So what is
the consensus out there? Do you like the current system, or do
you think it needs to be changed? Please direct your comments
within the next few days either to myself or to the network as
a whole. Thanks for your assistance.
David Meinke, Curator of Mutant Gene Symbols
p.s. Whatever happened to all of those allele/locus surveys
that were distributed at the Arabiflora meeting? The
response has been disappointing to say the least. If
you found a mistake or deletion in the gene locus list,
please contact me immediately because a modified version
of this list may be included in the next Arabidopsis
Genome Progress Report published by NSF.