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.
Welcome to the first issue of Cycads, the Newsletter of the Cycad Specialist Group! I am excited to introduce our new venue for communicating important new findings and conservation updates on this fascinating group of living treasures. And, it is a wonderful issue to begin with, with a great diversity of papers on subjects that range from workshop reports, to updates on long term conservation efforts, previews of research, and improvements in taxonomy and nomenclature.
Patrick Griffith, IUCN/SSC CSG Co-chair
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Message from Dr. Patrick Griffith, Co-chair, IUCN/SSC CSG
Cycad d’Or, “Golden Cycad” awarded to Dr. Dennis Wm. Stevenson
Nong Nooch Cycad Horticulture Workshop: A report (Anders Lindstrom)
Cycad Nomenclature Notes: Regarding Specimens and Epitypes (Michael Calonje)
Visiting the equatorial cycads of Uganda (Phakamani Xaba & De Wet Bösenberg)
Research and Conservation News
News from the Entomology & Sustainable Nurseries Subgroups (Willie Tang)
Reassessment of the conservation status of Zamia in Puerto Rico (Julio C. Lazcano Lara)
An international program of long-term ecological research for Cycad conservation (Cristina Lopez-Gallego)
Cycad propagation by rural nurseries in Mexico as an alternative conservation strategy: 25 years on (A.P. Vovides, M.A. Pérez-Farrera & C. Iglesias)
Towards a comprehensive phylogeny and classification of Cycas (Nathalie S. Nagalingum)
Illegal trade of Cycas cones in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar (JS Khuraijam & Rita Singh)
A reassessment of Ceratozamia mexicana (Andrew P. Vovides, Dennis Wm. Stevenson, Miguel Angel Pérez-Farrera, Sergio López-Mendoza & Sergio Avendaño)
The application of RADseq for conservation genomics of Australian Cycas (James A. R. Clugston & Nathalie Nagalingum)
Call for image contributions to The World List of Cycads website (Michael Calonje)
Ex-situconservation of Cycads at CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow (JS Khuraijam & RK Roy)
Preliminary results of Cuban Zamia research and conservation Project (R. Oviedo, G. Brull, L. Gonzalez, M. Calonje & J. Francisco-Ortega)
CSG Member News New CSG Members (2015) CSG Members (Complete List)
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.
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.
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: