MycoBank is an online database, documenting new mycological names and combinations, eventually combined with descriptions and illustrations. It is run by the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures fungal biodiversity center in Utrecht.
Each novelty, after being screened by nomenclatural experts and found in accordance with the ICN (International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants), is allocated a unique MycoBank number before the new name has been validly published. This number then can be cited by the naming author in the publication where the new name is being introduced. Only then, this unique number becomes public in the database.
By doing so, this system can help solve the problem of knowing which names have been validly published and in which year.
- Pedro W. Crous, Walter Gams, Joost A. Stalpers, Vincent Robert and Gerrit Stegehuis (2004). "MycoBank: an online initiative to launch mycology into the 21st century" (PDF). Studies in Mycology 50: 19–22.
- Crous PW, Gams W, Stalpers JA, Cannon PF, Kirk PM, David JC, Triebel D (2004). "An online database of names and descriptions as an alternative to registration". Mycological Research 108 (11): 1236–1238. doi:10.1017/S0953756204221554.