RE: Query by Niels Larsen, Illinois
I was not aware that the DSM list was available at
'http://www.ftpt.br'. I will centainly try to access the service
- meanwhile I give some information of my personal experience:
A number of Culture Collections in Europe are participating in
the MINE-project (EC - Bridge). The MINE database is available
at DIMDI, a major database-host for biology at Cologne, Germany.
All the participating collections probably have their own 'valid
names database' since the validation information is used in the
data-integrating process for MINE.
The MINE-database (a strain database) is, in my opinion,
presently very good with regard to names and synonyms of fungi.
Unfortunately the integration of data for bacterial strains is
far from finished.
The ATCC (gopher atcc.org) is working fine, but will only give
ATCC catalogue data (and pertaining data). I do not believe you
will find a complete list of valid names ? Such a list should
give the author(s)' name(s), year of validation and a reference
The DSM is producing a 'Bacterial nomenclature up-to-date'
distributed on floppy disk.
The CCUG catalogues of strains is distributed on floppy disk. A
list of bacterial names is included on the floppy.
The Biosis TRF is presently available by modem (phone to the
USA), but will be available on Internet in January 1995.
Unfortunately, the information may not be the same from all
above listed sources. The DSM version is excellent, but some
taxonomists may not share all their interpretations. The CCUG
version is quite informal and primarily serving the purpose of
producing reports to our customers (identification service). The
main differences may be with regard to basonyms and synonyms.
One of the best examples in clinical bacteriology is:
Branhamella catarrhalis - Moraxella (Moraxella) catarrhalis -
Some taxonomists would consider all as 'valid names', an
approach which is not 'data-base-friendly'.
Another source of dispute may be the nomenclature of Salmonella
Let us hope that the IJSB may in due time offer a 100% correct
ftp'able, international, official list amended at least 4 times
The above statements are my personal (present) opinions - NOT
the official opinion of the University, ECCO or MINE.
Please feel free to comment.
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