Conservation and restoration of threatened <i>Nothofagus</i> species of South America

For centuries, Nothofagus forests in South America have suffered severe fragmentation and destruction from actions including land use change, over-exploitation, pests, fires and human-induced climate change. A crucial new project, funded by the Swiss-based Fondation Franklinia, targets the conservation, ecological restoration and capacity building to benefit the three threatened Nothofagus species native to South America: […]

Maples in the Mountains Provide Clues to Past Distribution

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Botany, researchers from the University of Tsukuba revealed that the mountainous landscape of Central Honshu, Japan, has played a role in shaping the genetic diversity of the maple species Acer miyabei. Acer miyabei is found mainly in river floodplains, from lowland to mountainous areas. The species was once […]

Quercus boyntonii Conservation Planning

Amy Byrne and numerous organizers co-led and facilitated a species conservation planning workshop for Quercus boyntonii, a Critically Endangered oak native to Alabama, and one of the 29 priority oak species the GCCO is focusing on in the US. This workshop was virtual and held over the course of three meetings. At the workshop, species threats […]

Channel Island and California Native Oaks Workshop

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is hosting a Channel Island and California Native Oaks workshop. The workshop will take place on December 7th, 8th and 9th at San Diego Zoo. The first two days will be focused on discussing the Channel Island Oaks (Quercus cedrosensis, Q. dumosa, Q. pacifica, Q. tomentella) threats, current conservation/management work […]

Eastern US Oaks Identification Workshops

The Global Conservation Consortium for Oak is excited to host a free, online series of identification workshops, focusing on oaks in the Southeast United States.  The workshops will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the priority oak species native to this region, providing useful information on how to identify the species out in […]

Oaks of Southeast Asia Identification Workshops

The Global Conservation Consortium for Oak is excited to host a free, online series of identification workshops, focusing on oaks in Southeast Asia.  The workshops will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the priority threatened oak species native to Southeast Asia, providing useful information on how to identify the species out in the […]

Population recovery of three threatened <i>Magnolia</i> species in the “Alto de Ventana” region of Colombia

Corporación Salvamontes with Fundación South Pole have been awarded a grant from Fondation Franklinia for a project on restoration, in situ conservation and outreach for Magnolia guatapensis, M. polyhypsophylla and M. yarumalensis in Colombia. This project will work with local and international communities to ensure the recovery of the populations of these 3 threatened Magnolia […]

Launching the Global Conservation Consortium for <i>Erica</i>

A collaborative network of leading Botanic Gardens, seed banks, Universities, and botanical societies across Africa, Europe, the US and Australia with Botanic Gardens Conservation International are coordinating an international effort aimed at preventing species extinctions in an iconic and diverse group of flowering plants: the heaths, genus Erica. Habitat destruction and other human-caused changes to […]

Collecting seed of <i>Rhododendron monkoboense</i> for <i>ex situ</i> conservation

Malaysia has the fifth greatest number of endemic Rhododendron taxa, a total of 53, with 22 of these species threatened with extinction. The representation of these taxa in ex situ collections is very low. Rhododendron monkoboense (CR) was first collected in 1982 from Bukit Monkobo on Sabah and revisited during the Tree Flora of Sabah […]

Introducing the Global Conservation Consortium for <i>Nothofagus</i>

BGCI are pleased to announce the Global Conservation Consortium for Nothofagus, which will be led by Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in West Sussex, UK. With more than 20 percent of Nothofagus species threatened with extinction in the wild, there exists an urgent need to co-ordinate efforts to efficiently and effectively safeguard these important species. […]