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Reply to Oren et al., “New Phylum Names Harmonize Prokaryotic Nomenclature”

Sharma, Gaurav and Islam, Salim T. and Rahi, Praveen and Silby, Mark W. and Giovannelli, Donato and Welander, Paula V. and Ehling-Schulz, Monika and Chaudhry, Vasvi and Molloy, Evelyn and Hertweck, Christian and Mundra, Sunil and Kalia, Vipin Chandra and Lal, Rup and Singh, Yogendra and Ruby, Edward and Weigel, Christoph and Kolter, Roberto (2022) Reply to Oren et al., “New Phylum Names Harmonize Prokaryotic Nomenclature”. mBio, 13 (5). Art. No. 02323. ISSN 2150-7511. PMCID PMC9600504. doi:10.1128/mbio.02323-22.

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We thank Oren et al., 2022 (1) for providing the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) Executive Board's response to the recent opinion piece “Harmonizing Prokaryotic Nomenclature: Fixing the Fuss over Phylum Name Flipping” (2). Herein, we (a group of concerned microbiologists) offer several additional comments on the naming of prokaryotic phyla. Our concerns arise from the perception that the ICSP Executive Board is not directly addressing the plight of microbiologists around the world concerning the long-lasting confusion that the proposed phylum name changes will create throughout the scientific literature. Instead of selectively pointing out certain ICSP rules, we would have appreciated opening a door for a more inclusive discussion about the process of naming phyla. As previously stated (2), we are in favor of the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes (ICNP) rules for the recognition of the rank of “phylum” and the usage of “-ota” as the suffix for naming phyla. However, we feel that the drastic name changes of six phyla at the prefix level will create significant dissonance and confusion between the old and new names when considering past and future publications.

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Additional Information:The authors sincerely thank the researchers who opted to robustly discuss this topic on Twitter, giving their opinions and suggestions. Some of the suggestions mentioned here are adapted from those discussions. Here's to healthy discussions! Thank you all. We declare no conflicts of interest. Gaurav Sharma is supported by the DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. In addition, this work was partially supported by the Department of Electronics, IT, BT, and S&T of the Government of Karnataka, India. The views expressed in this letter are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funding agency or any other institution.
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