A place for discussion of the potential adoption of a binomial nomenclature system for virus species names.
Colleagues: as a sometime Study Group Chair (two different groups of plant viruses; Bromoviridae and Geminivirdae) and longtime member of and contributor to the ICTV, I am frankly aghast that we are revisiting…
1. If a binomial system were to be finally proposed for adoption I would therefore suggest it to be in the form: italicized [Genus + Acronym] for already established species, and [Genus + whatever…
I strongly agree with Ed Rybicki comments. I think that the simple binomial nomeclature should be used instead of the suggested linnean binomial nomeclature
I am not sure there is a best way to engage the community. The best we can do is encourage communication in as many ways that makes sense and that provides an opportunity for feedback, and keeps a history of all posts. In that manner, members of the ICTV Executive Committee become aware of the ongoing discussions, can comment as desired, and most importantly, use the community's opinions in determining the final outcome.
an email could be sent out by the major virus journals, with simple poll questions, results gathered and collated, it is what we did for this type of thing, see here https://bsppjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1364-3703.2011.00752.x