Participate in the Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan
We have the opportunity during February – March 2014 to influence development of the Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan. This Plan is being developed by Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, Australian Academy of Science, Ecological Society of Australia, CSIRO, Birds Australia, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Global Change Institute, Soil Science Australia and Geoscience Australia.
The Plan aims to “to ensure we have a cohesive vision and plan for sustaining and developing ecosystem science in Australia”. However, despite much planning and consideration of the future, the ecology currently being proposed for the Plan is biased towards plants and vertebrates. As we know, these two groups combined comprise less than 10% of Australia's biodiversity (Chapman 2009) while the Fungal Kingdom alone is about 9% of our biodiversity. Do we really want our ecological science based on less than 10% of the biota, particularly when this 10% does not include all functional groups of ecosystems?
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recognized that fungal conservation is just as important as animal and plant conservation, and has called on governments worldwide to pay much more attention to fungal conservation. Yet compared with many animals and plants, very little is known about fungi. That knowledge gap needs to be explicitly recognized and plans such as the Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan should be prepared to deal with that gap. If we are going to have the tools for future conservation and restoration management we need to know the common species of all functional groups within ecosystems at the very least. We also need to understand the linkages in our ecosystems. We have the ecological tools (May & McMullan-Fisher 2012) to look across all phylogentic groups, and now need to develop these to understand the functional links in ecosystems and the different species carrying out these different roles.
We invite you to use the Vision for Australian Fungal Conservation as inspiration and briefing notes to participate actively in your local “Town Hall” meeting for the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan (http://www.ecosystemscienceplan.org.au/Events-pg26776.html). If you can’t attend, we encourage you to contact the project coordinator directly to provide them with a link to/copy of the Vision for Australian Fungal Conservation, and to share this information with your networks.
Online Field Guide is back!
After a long absence, the Fungimap Online Field Guide to all of the current target fungi species is now back online.
Thanks for all of your cooperation and assistance and I hope you find this a useful resource.
Fungimap VII Conference
Rawson Village hosted the seventh biennial Fungimap Conference in May 2013. The conference was jointly organised by Fungimap and the Field Naturalists’ Club of Victoria (FNCV) in order to both raise awareness and build community capacity in appreciating, identifying and recording fungi.
The Conference included a Day of Talks, a weekend of forays and workshops on a diverse range of topics, and a full day foray to Tarra Bulga National Park. Additional activities included a Trivia Night, a Celebratory Dinner, the Fungimap Choir, Fungimap Target Species Bingo and a Silent Auction.
The Conference was highly successful, attracting over 80 participants including students, educators, researchers, government employees, field naturalists, land managers and environmental consultants.
With seven forays organised each morning, participants made 791 observational records of fungi during the conference, of which 245 were identified only to genus level, 30 taxa were “unknown”, and the remainder of 515 records were identified to species level. Additionally, approximately 2,000 photographs were taken and submitted to the Fungimap Images Database, and 25 collections were made for the National Herbarium of Victoria.
Click on the links below to go directly to the list of records for that foray, or alternatively download the full list of records by clicking here (Excel spreadsheet).
Notable records included Chlorovibrissea bicolor, a very rare fungus often found growing nearby flowing water; Leucopaxillus lilacinus which is quite rare; Cortinarius perfetens (formerly in the genus Rozites) and Laccaria sp. A which are both only found with Nothofagus; Craterellus cornucopiodes and Mycena toyerlaricola which are both restricted to cool temperate rainforest; and Podohydnangium australe which was collected for the National Herbarium of Victoria and is a rare truffle-like species.