From: IN%"firstname.lastname@example.org" 13-JUN-1996 09:38:44.53 To: IN%"CYANO-TOX@desire.wright.edu" CC: Subj: Cyanobacteria or cyanobacteria There seems to be some confusion how to spell CYANOBACTERIA in publications, capitalized (Cyanobacteria) or lower case (cyanobacteria). I suspect getting recommendations for both, but would like to see some pro and con arguments. Best, Elisabeth
From: IN%"CYANO@servms.fiu.edu" "JEFF ELHAI" 18-JUN-1996 01:03:32.16 To: IN%"email@example.com" CC: Subj: To C or not to C Elisabeth Gross remarked: > There seems to be some confusion how to spell CYANOBACTERIA in publications, > capitalized (Cyanobacteria) or lower case (cyanobacteria). I'm surprised at this perception. I thought "cyanobacteria" and related words were always spelled with a lower case c when no general consideration demanded its capitalization, except when "Cyanobacteria" is used as part a formal description of the strain (e.g. "Prokaryotae; Gracilicutes; Oxyphotobacteria; Cyanobacteria; Chroococcales; Synechococcus)"). In normal usage (e.g. "Spectra were recorded for three different cyanobacteria:...) the word, I believe, is not specifically capitalized. I myself wouldn't think of capitalizing the word, any more than I would capitalize "gymnosperm" or "bacterium". While a random search of a dozen articles appears to support my belief, with no opposing examples, the definitive word should, perhaps, come from the taxonomists amongst us. Jeff Elhai Department of Biological Sciences (Tel) 305-348-3584 Florida International University (Fax) 305-348-1986 University Park Campus (E-mail) Cyano@Servax.Fiu.Edu Miami FL 33199 U.S.A.