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.”
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.
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:
The World List of Cycads, produced under the auspices of the IUCN/SSC Cycad Specialist Group, has been selected as the taxonomic data provider for The Catalogue of Life (CoL). According to the CoL website:
The Catalogue of Life is the most comprehensive and authoritative global index of species currently available. It consists of a single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy. The Catalogue holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.5 million species.
A list of accepted Cycads on the Catalogue of Life can be found here.