The Official 2016-2017 Report for the Cycad Specialist Group is now published. This report will be available on the IUCN SSC website as part of the overall Species Survival Commission report.
The Cycad Specialist Group met on Thursday Evening, August 23, 2018. Discussion centered on revitalizing the central focus of the group on conservation. Additionally, new funding opportunities were presented, as seen in the most recent issue of CYCADS.
Shenzhen Fairylake Botanical Garden has produced a new educational video about cycads, featuring the Chinese National Cycad Conservation Center. Thank you to Dr. Li Nan!
ISSN 2473-442X CYCADS Vol. 3 Issue 1 August 2018 Official Newsletter of Cycad Specialist Group Species Survival Commission International Union for Conservation of Nature
We are excited to announce the publication of the second volume of CYCADS, the official newsletter of IUCN/SSC Cycad Specialist Group.
CSG members Nathalie Nagalingum and James Clugston have collaborated on the following video introduction to cycads:
“Cycads are a model group for both education and science communication because of their incredible evolutionary history, ancient origin, and conservation threats. Cycad are at risk due to illegal poaching, over-collection, and habitat loss, and communicating these threats is very important to cycad survival. In a highly connected world, science communication is vital and online media can quickly get the message across.
This video i provides an informative introduction to the cycads for scientists and non-scientists alike. The video introduces the Cycad Specialist Group (CSG), and explains cycad history, morphology, diversity, and reproduction. We hope the video will become a resource for all those who have an interest in getting to know and conserving the cycads.”
Population genomics of endangered Zamia species:
Patrick Griffith, IUCN/SSC CSG Co-chair
Species: 2014 Annual Report of the Species Survival Commission and the Global Species Programme is now available online.
The Cycad Specialist Group Report is also reproduced here.
2014 was a busy year for cycad conservation. Thank you to all the experts working around the world to help these imperiled plants.