|go forward. Great sections of our country are relatively unexplored in this respect. We need to know what is there, and furthermore we need to know what plants are present in our lakes at all times of the year. It is unfortunate that so many ecological and taxonomic studies are based on summer collections only. If we are to re-classify our lakes in respect to their limnological characteristics, and attempt a classification in respect to their phytoplankton types, then our familiarity with species must be maintained and we must have expert advice on the definition and the listing of species. Before sound ecological generalizations can be made we must have more data on the occurrence of algal species.|
In this connection the writer wishes to suggest that when phytoplankton species are reported from various parts of our country, that herbarium records be kept. This is becoming increasingly more important. If possible, herbarium material should be placed in a number of central museums where they may be more available for the students of algal taxonomy and ecology. Taxonomy is of basic importance and should be maintained on the same scientific level as are the other sciences. Therefore, the work of the taxonomist should be conducted in such a way that it may be repeated and confirmed.
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