Putting Victoria’s fungal biodiversity on the map
We were delighted to receive a Victorian Government Biodiversity On-ground Action grant of $50,000 in late 2017 for a project which will focus on fungi in five Victorian Catchment Management areas over the next two years.
- develop region-specific identification kits
- run workshops
- conduct field training
These will help communities record their local fungi species – those that are recognisable and those that are thought to be rare or endangered.
Those data records will help clarify distribution, species abundance and pinpoint areas needing further research. Once the project is underway, we will encourage groups to share their knowledge with others in their community.
Tea-tree Fingers project
Hypocreopsis amplectens – Tea-tree Fingers is the only fungus listed under the Victorian Flora & Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and is considered “vulnerable”. It was only discovered in 1992 at Nyora, Vic. during a survey of plants
Recent surveys suggest it has disappeared from two of the three known locations on the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland, Victoria. We were funded by the Victorian State Government to find out where it lives and to map the species so that an action plan can be developed for its survival and recovery. It may also warrant inclusion on national threat status lists in Australia and New Zealand.
We hope to undertake population studies and continue to work towards better conservation of the threatened Tea-tree Fingers fungus, which has been found at:
• new Yarra Valley, Victoria, site on a new host plant, Burgan (Kunzea ericoides).
• the original site in Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Lang Lang, near Nyora, during some surveys by Biosis. To our great relief 5-7 living individuals were observed – the first time for several years.