Warren, Alan et al. (2017) Beyond the “Code”: A Guide to the Description and Documentation of Biodiversity in Ciliated Protists (Alveolata, Ciliophora). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 64 (4). pp. 539-554. ISSN 10665234

Recent advances in molecular technology have revolutionized research on allaspects of the biology of organisms, including ciliates, and created unprece-dented opportunities for pursuing a more integrative approach to investigationsof biodiversity. However, this goal is complicated by large gaps and inconsis-tencies that still exist in the foundation of basic information about biodiversityof ciliates. The present paper reviews issues relating to the taxonomy of cili-ates and presents specific recommendations for best practice in the observa-tion and documentation of their biodiversity. This effort stems from aworkshop that explored ways to implement six Grand Challenges proposed bythe International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates(IRCN-BC). As part of its commitment to strengthening the knowledge basethat supports research on biodiversity of ciliates, the IRCN-BC proposes topopulate The Ciliate Guide, an online database, with biodiversity-related dataand metadata to create a resource that will facilitate accurate taxonomic identi-fications and promote sharing of data.

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