Campaigning to save wild population of Japanese red maple

Japan is a diversity centre for maple species, including three that are threatened with extinction in the wild: A. amamiense, A. miyabei and A. pycnanthum. Each is faced with different challenges, and A. pycnanthum, the Japanese red maple, is now faced with a new threat: the construction of a new railway line through one of its most important populations in Mitake, […]

Conserving threatened Rhododendron species

Pink flowered Rhododendron platypodum

Prioritizing survival of threatened species Mortality is not unusual in botanic gardens. It is an inevitable consequence of attempting to grow a great many different plants, often of wild origin and from across the world. Each species or even individual is unique in its ability to thrive given different soils, temperatures, rainfall, and seasonal variability. […]

Research needed to support species conservation

Researchers working with GCC Erica are preparing a themed collection of papers under the title “Systematics, natural history, and conservation of Erica (Ericaceae)”, representing the latest insights and state of knowledge in inter-dependent topics including nomenclature, taxonomy, phylogeny, ecology, and ex situ conservation of Erica species. Showcased in the Open Access, peer reviewed journal PhytoKeys, […]

2023 APGA Conference: Metacollections Management: new approaches for improving living conservation collections workshop

The Global Conservation Consortia are excited to be part of the American Public Gardens Association 2023 Annual Conference hosting a workshop,  ‘Metacollection Management: new approaches for improving living conservation collections’, on June 5th. We have provided a series of resources that support the themes and topics that will be presented on during the workshop; we […]

New opportunity to fund projects to support Global Conservation Consortia conservation action

BGCI is pleased to announce a new partnership between BGCI-US and the United States National Arboretum that will support a new Global Conservation Consortia (GCC) Grant for conservation action undertaken by GCC Species Stewards for one or more priority threatened species. Projects must be completed by existing GCC Species Stewards, or by institutions that commit […]

Parashorea buchananii, a newly recorded species of Dipterocarpaceae from China

In early April 2023, a team led by Prof. Jian-Lu Li from the Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XTBG) discovered a newly recorded species of Dipterocarpaceae from Tongbiguan Provincial Nature Reserve of Yunnan, Southwest China. This species was identified as Parashorea buchananii (C.E.C.Fisch.) Symington by Prof. […]

Monitoring for Myrtle Wilt in Nothofagus cunninghamii populations, Tasmania

Nothofagus cunninghamii is an Australian endemic species and a dominant tree in the cool temperate rainforests of Victoria and Tasmania. Like many other species of Nothofagus, it is threatened by logging, fire and climate change, but in addition to these threats, N. cunninghamii is the only known naturally-infected host of the fungus Chalara australis which […]