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!
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:
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.
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 Red Listing Workshop to update the conservation status of cycads for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) has been designated as the host of the Programme Office for the Cycad Specialist Group (CSG).
Under a partnership with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, MBC will: