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Conservation of Microfungi: a voice for unprotected and vulnerable organisms


Ref: 16008
Type: Main Project
Project Leader: Dr Dave Minter
Lead Institution: BioNET International (Egham)
Host Country Institutions: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Plant Protection Institute, Jardin Botanico Nacional - Cuba, African Mycologcial Association
Start Date: 2007-05-01
End Date: 2010-04-30
Funding: £289,860.00
Website: http://www.cybertruffle.org.uk/darwin-microfungi
Status: Completed
Regions: Caribbean, Europe & Central Asia, South America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries: Argentina, Armenia, Cuba, India, South Africa, Ukraine
Purpose: To initiate a global movement for biodiversity conservation of microfungi.
Outputs: Three specialist conservation groups (for [1] non-lichen-forming ascomycetes & conidial fungi, [2] rusts & smuts, and [3] chromistans, chytrids, myxomycetes & zygo-mycetes), with conser-vation action plans prepared by each group for their fungi. Sampled red lists of microfungi, prepared in collaboration and compatible with the IUCN Sampled Red List project, providing baseline for CBD 2010 objective. Enhanced capacity for microfungal conserva-tion, prioritizing Africa, by training mycologists, deliver-ing equipment and en-hancing web-based in-formational resources.

Related Projects: Darwin Initiative Biodiversity Conservation in Cuba, Recovering Ukraine's lost steppe, a unique opportunity, Fungal Biodiversity Studies in the Ukraine, The Darwin Project on Caribbean Fungi, Biodiversity information in the Former Soviet Union