alpha taxonomy


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alpha taxonomy

[′al·fə tak·′sän·ə·mē]
(systematics)
The level of taxonomic study concerned with characterizing and naming species.
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His work has focused on development, morphology, systematics, phylogenetics, alpha taxonomy and nomenclature, biogeography, paleobotany, pollination biology, genomics, natural products, ontology, DNA barcoding, botanical history, and he has contributed to floras, regional checklists, and has been an author or coauthor on dozens of new species.
This process gradually became formalized into what is now called alpha taxonomy, in which organisms are assigned to groups and the groups are given names.
The alpha taxonomy of the grass family is remarkably well understood, thanks to years of hard work by literally hundreds of illustrious taxonomists.