By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- A new study on Life Science Research is now available. According to news reporting out of Surrey, United Kingdom , by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Species discovery is a fundamental first step for all of biodiversity science. Recent research has claimed that the increasing number of authors associated with the description of new species represents an expanding workforce discovering the remaining new species from an ever-diminishing pool." Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Royal Botanical Gardens , "Here, we present a comprehensive dataset from The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) of new species of flowering plant published between 1970 and 2011. We show that, on average, 1855 new species have been described annually since 1970. We show that compared to other scientific disciplines the increased number of authors on taxonomic papers is relatively small and may reflect changes in scientific practice rather than an increase in taxonomic capacity." According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These data, alongside published results demonstrating a lag period of 35yr between a specimen being collected and published as a new species, strongly suggest that the global taxonomic capacity to describe new species of flowering plant is stagnant at a time of unprecedented concern for conservation and extinction." For more information on this research see: Author inflation masks global capacity for species discovery in flowering plants. New Phytologist , 2014;201(2):700-706. New Phytologist can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St , Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/ ; New Phytologist - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/ (ISSN)1469-8137) Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D.P. Bebber , Royal Bot Gardens , Richmond TW9 3AB, Surrey, United Kingdom . Additional authors for this research include J.R.I. Wood , C. Barker and R.W. Scotland (see also Life Science Research ). Keywords for this news article include: Surrey , Europe , United Kingdom , Life Science Research Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC
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