The current List of Stabilized Names represents the 4th edition of this work. Previous editions were completed and published in 1966, 1983, and 1988. Over a decade has elapsed since the last edition, and many changes or adjustments in nomenclature for the plants treated therein have occurred during this period as a result of recent taxonomic advancements or nomenclatural actions of International Botanical Congresses, these reflected in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (Saint Louis Code), 2000. Some of these were forseen and adopted by the 25th International Seed Testing Congress in Pretoria, South Africa in 1998 (Seed Sci. Technol. 27, suppl. 1: 133-139. 1999), others by the 2001 Congress in Angers, France. The changes which have been incorporated into this edition include:
The Nomenclature Committee Chairman wishes to thank the following members for their contributions to this List, namely Bernard R. Baum, Michel Chauvet, Charles E. Jarvis, Klaus Pistrick, and Michel Porcher. I must also gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Richard M. Coster, who represented the Nomenclature Committee before the 1998 Ordinary Meeting of ISTA and thereby achieved considerable improvement in this List, and who has fostered close collaboration with the Rules Committee, allowing for exchange of necessary information between our respective committees. Some of the work reflected here must also be credited to my predecessors Robert J. Flood, whose report was adopted by the Pretoria Congress, and Willem A. Brandenburg, who authored the previous edition of this work. I must also thank my institution, the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) and its Germplasm Resources Information Network, without whose support this work would not have been possible, and my colleague, Joseph H. Kirkbride, Jr., who ably served as my representative in Pretoria.
As already mentioned, GRIN Taxonomy has been a substantial asset in the compilation of this list. Although the data yielding this compilation reside in GRIN, they exist apart from GRIN Taxonomy and the content of these data reflects only what has been approved by ISTA and its Nomenclature Committee. Nevertheless, it has seemed useful to include linkages to the extensive data in GRIN on common names, native distribution, economic impacts, and literature references for the names on the list, although it will be apparent to those who pursue those links that many of the names in GRIN have differing treatments. In fact, a report of all such differences, or searches of these names by taxonomic or other criteria, is available from GRIN. This report was of considerable benefit in locating nomenclature problems which were rectified by the Angers Congress in 2001, thereby providing for increased harmonization with the nomenclature of the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA) of North America, which has adopted GRIN as its nomenclatural standard.