Style question: Italicizing prokaryote family names
The main reason I ask is because I'm writing a term paper for said microbial ecology class, and I want to format things correctly. Seeing as a draft is due tomorrow, I'm planning to go with my gut and only italicize the genus and species name, but I'm also interested in what other people have to say about this, or whether other people have noticed this. On the one hand it's just a trivial stylistic problem of little biological significance, but the lack of standardization can be a source of confusion, especially for students. When I encounter an unfamiliar Italicized name I know how to interpret it, but in microbiological contexts it is sometimes less clear.
[EDIT] In no way do I mean to suggest that mycology is properly classified as a subfield of either botany or microbiology. I have nothing but love for fungi, and mad respect for the people who study them—can you say alteration of generations? Egads.