When you are reviewing bacterial and fungal isolates, do you appreciate that the names given to these organisms are regulated?
Having a regulated process provides the necessary links between nomenclature, classification and identification. Validly published names will be associated with precise data, providing the official descriptions of the type or neotype strains. This process allows us to compare physiological, biochemical and genetic data over time and location. The most accurate and up-to-date information allows for useful data analyses, including typical environmental sources (skin, water, etc) of a species, along with the official Gram-stain reaction and cell and colony morphology. Maintaining stability and consistency in nomenclature and classification are critical when characterising recovered microorganisms and ensures that different microbiologists are speaking the same language.
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