Sponsor a species
Fungimap is excited to announce 'sponsor a species': your opportunity to be a part of Australian fungal history!
Fungimappers are busy working towards publishing a second edition of Fungimap's highly successful field guide to Australian fungi, Fungi Down Under. This project involves hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of volunteer time to identify and record the species, convert this data into maps, describe the species, source the images and manage the project, etc. We're offering Fungimappers the opportunity to donate to the Austral Fungi Fund which will help us publish the book.
The minimum to sponsor a species is $100. We will be auctioning the 25 most popular species (as voted by the FDU2 team) from Fungi Down Under at the Queensland Fungi Festival. The list of these is below - if you'd like to get a bid in before then, get in touch!
The remaining 75 species from the first edition of Fungi Down Under will be released mid May, and you will be able to sponsor them by purchasing online, or calling us to arrange the payment. The list of the second 100 species that will be published in Fungi Down Under 2 has not been finalised yet. As this information becomes available, the second 100 species will be released for sponsoring. We’ll publicise this on our website, on our Facebook page, and by emailing and mailing our members.
Your donation as part of Sponsor a species supports the Austral Fungi Fund. The AFF supports the work of Fungimap in advancing knowledge and conservation of Australian fungi, such as through publication of field guides, organising training workshops and preparing submissions that assist public policy development. Fungimap will be pleased to acknowledge your donation in the following ways:
• Acknowledgement of your donation in the print and, if relevant, e-book editions of Fungi Down Under 2. Your donation will also be acknowledged in the Fungi Down Under Online Field Guide, and in the Fungimap Newsletter.
• An A4 certificate of appreciation, and also a proof of the A5 page of the species that has been sponsored once the hard copy book is printed (expected to be in 2016).
• A tax invoice detailing your tax deductible contribution to the Austral Fungi Fund.
Please note only individuals and not-for-profit groups are eligible for their Sponsor a Species donation to be tax-deductible. Businesses can still Sponsor a Species, but the donation would not be tax deductible.
For all questions, please contact us.
The 25 most popular species, to be auctioned, are (you can learn more about them on Fungi Down Under Online):
Cortinarius persplendidus (Dermocybe splendida)
Entoloma virescens group
Cortinarius austrovenetus (Dermocybe austroveneta)
Porpolomopsis (Hygrocybe) lewellinae
Cruentomycena (Mycena) viscidocruenta
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.