Article ID: CBB623976685

What mysteries lay in spore: taxonomy, data, and the internationalization of mycology in Saccardo's Sylloge Fungorum (2023)

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Italian mycologist Pier Andrea Saccardo is best remembered for his monumental Sylloge Fungorum, the first ‘modern’ effort to compile all identified fungi within a single classification scheme. The existing history of mycology is limited and has primarily focused on developments within England, but this article argues that Saccardo and his collaborators on the Sylloge supported a vital transnational expansion of mycological knowledge exchange and played a crucial role in stabilizing the tangled knot of local naming and identification among the world's amateur and professional mycologists. Written in the ‘universal’ scientific language of Latin, the Sylloge served as an early database of fungal knowledge and symbolized a broader unification of mycological inquiry in a moment of expanded scientific correspondence. The article situates this proto-database in broader histories of big data in biology and shows how the Sylloge formed a globalizing foundation for the twentieth century's major collecting and taxonomic advances in mycology.

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Authors & Contributors
Barbagli, Fausto
Darragh, Thomas A.
Di, Lu
Hollander, Gail M.
Lotti, Stefania
May, Tom W.
Journals
Archives of Natural History
Acta Baltica historiae et philosophiae scientiarum
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Historical Records of Australian Science
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Publishers
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Armando
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Reaktion Books
Florida International University
Springer International Publishing
Concepts
Mycology
Fungi
Biology
Natural history
Terminology and nomenclature
Biographies
People
Bateson, William
Canestrini, Giovanni
Delany, Mary
De Visiani, Roberto
Ehret, Georg Dionysius
Lightfoot, John
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
Places
Italy
France
Australia
China
Japan
Estonia
Institutions
Imperial Kazan University
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