Origins of naming plant cultivars in Indian context
DA Patil, Patil AM
Naming an object, whether living or non-living, is a natural human instinct. To avoid nomenclatural chaos, botanists adapted scientific method of binomial nomenclature as passed by ICBN for both wild and cultivated plants. With time, it became necessary to have names for variants of cultivated plants. It is, therefore, enacted International Code of Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (ICNCP). Plant breeders or agriculturists eventually named plant cultivars. The bases of coining such names have not received proper attention. The present investigator is, therefore, inclined to shed more light on their naming especially in Indian context. The cultivars of edible fruits, vegetables and food grains are studied pinpointing the bases of naming of cultivated plants and discussed them pertinently.