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: […]

Oaks of the Californias’ Conservation Planning

In December 2021, with the support of an organizing team, Christy Powell (Horticulture Manager, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance) and Amy Byrne (Global Tree Conservation Coordinator, Oak Consortium, The Morton Arboretum) co-led a two-day conservation planning workshop, following the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG) Principles and Steps. […]

Conserving the wealth of species in biodiversity hotspots

The Global Conservation Consortia (GCC) aim to pool efforts and expertise across national boundaries and between disciplines to prevent species extinctions in focal plant groups. GCC Erica coordinates an international response to such threats in the heaths, or heathers, of which hundreds of species are found only in South Africa’s spectacularly diverse Cape Floristic Region […]

Where have the heathers gone?

The heathers or heaths include both the small genera Calluna and Daboecia and the over 800 species of Erica. As Nelson and Pirie write, heathers have gone through phases of popularity in horticulture, including bursts of enthusiasm among gardeners both for Northern Hemisphere (hardy) heathers and the much greater diversity of Southern Hemisphere species. Two […]

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 […]

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. […]