Solanaceae Source

A global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family

Breaking with tradition, four new vining Solanum species are published exclusively online.

Our very own pioneer botanist Sandy Knapp has published four new Solanum species, Solanum aspersum, Solanum luculentum, Solanum sanchez-vegae and Solanum sousae in the electronic only journal, PLoS ONE.

To get around the current ICBN stipulation that publication of new species is only valid if it is done so with the distribution of printed matter to the public, and not solely through an electronic medium, Sandy has printed copies of the online article and sent them to a number of libraries. Read more about this exciting test case, for electronic publication of new species names, in Nature News. Also find out why PLoS Biology's Senior Editor, Catriona MacCallum is proud to be able to publish Sandy's paper.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith