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Conservation Biology

Lendemer, James [1], Allen, Jessica [2], McMullin, R. Troy [3].

Not So Different After All: Results from the First IUCN Red List Assessment for North American Lichens Dispel the Myth that Fungi Cannot be Conserved.

Lichens are symbioses formed primarily by fungi and algae that are ecologically important and threatened by diverse forces worldwide. Conservation of these organisms has long been hampered by a widespread perception that 1) species are poorly known and cannot be readily identified, 2) threats to species are poorly documented, and 3) clear actions to effect conservation are lacking or impossible to implement. We will present the results of the first IUCN Red List assessment workshop for North American lichens, one major step towards bridging the fungal conservation gap. These results will be placed in the broader context of conservation efforts for other groups of organisms, and used to dispel the myth that fungi are unknowable, unidentifiable, and impossible to conserve.

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1 - New York Botanic Garden, 200th Street And Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY, 10458, USA
2 - The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY, 10458, USA
3 - University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

IUCN Red List
international collaboration
climate change
invasive species.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 63
Location: Salon 19/20/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM
Number: 63006
Abstract ID:1150
Candidate for Awards:None

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