On the importance of taxonomy

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By Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen. You owe it to yourself to read the whole thing.

Ernest Small's research colleagues at Agriculture Canada had a mystery. Peering at the cellular innards of a clover plant, they wondered why nothing was behaving the way clover should.

They asked Small, a veteran scientist at the Central Experimental Farm, for help.

It didn't take him long to pinpoint the problem. Their clover was an alfalfa.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Taxing+times+taxonomy/6028252/story.html#ixzz1lFjvqWTF

Hat tip: Sandra Knapp (@SandyKnapp)