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.”
One (two) MSc position is available for a motivated student interested in the study of population genetics of endemic gymnosperms The MSc program will be pursued at the Biology Department of Laval University (https://www.bio.ulaval.ca/accueil/) and part of the BESS program (CREATE, https://www.mcgill.ca/bess/bess). The project is in collaboration with colleagues of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, INDICASAT and the Universidad de Panamá.
Project description: Population genomics of endangered Zamia species:
William Tang and Ronald D. Cave recently published a paper detailing recent advances in the biological control of cycad aulacaspis scale. The paper was published in the March 2016 issue of Encephalartos, The Journal of The Cycad Society of South Africa and is reproduced here with permission.
The CSG will be having its next meeting immediately prior to Cycad 2015, the 10th International Conference on Cycad Biology which will be hosted in Medellín, Colombia. The CSG meeting will take place on August 15th and 16th (2015) and will include a RedListingWorkshop to update the conservation status of cycads for the IUCN RedList of Threatened Species.
Welcome to IUCN / SSC Cycad Specialist Group’s new website!
In 2015, the CSG will undertake a major update to the conservation status of cycads for the IUCN RedList of Threatened Species. A generous grant for this work was recently obtained through the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.
To support and broaden this initiative, this new website will help achieve CSG objectives in these ways: