New podcast about orchid trade (with Jacob Phelps and others) (part of the Cheat! series from Somethin' Else): Orchid fever

Rudolf Jenny (1953-2021). R.I.P. With great sadness we report that Rudolf passed away recently. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. He was a  long-term member of OSG. 

New content on the OSG Asia Subgroup website: Orchid Surveys in the Limestone Hills of Peninsular Malaysia

Ed de Vogel (1942-2021) R.I.P. With great sadness, we report that OSG member Ed de Vogel has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. For further details, see blog by Barbara Gravendeel and Andre Schuiteman.

Natural History Museum podcast on orchid trade with co-chair Amy plus Jacob Phelps and Tatiana Arias.

Orchid conservation reviews feature strongly in new Impact Factors:

IV International Vanilla Congress: 1-3 December 2021. Cali, Colombia. Virtual-only format. 

Spanish and English. There will be no cost for participation. Abstract submission: 01-31/08/2021.

Guardian podcast on orchid trafficking and accompanying article, featuring OSG co-chairs Mike and Amy and OSG member Noushka Reiter

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Open access: Orchid extinction over the last 150 years in the Czech Republic. Štípková & Kindlmann (2021).

Open access: How bad are invasive orchids? Eulophia graminea is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico after first being found there with 2018. Will this have negative consequences on native orchids? Some studies have reported that the effects can be subtle due to e.g. competition. In this case, however, the authors state "We do not expect it to be ecologically harmful on a large scale, but it is wise to monitor populations as for any non-indigenous species". Ackerman & Gonzalez-Orellana (2021).

Open access: Conservation and reintroduction of the rare and endangered orchid Paphiopedilum armeniacumWang et al. (2021).

Open access: A new French translation of the OSG's 2018 review paper on orchid trade has been published in L'Orchidophile.

Open access: Combining current knowledge of Cypripedium calceolus with a new analysis of genetic variation in Italian populations to provide guidelines for conservation actions. Gargiulo et al. (2021)

Integrative analyses of Crepidium shed more light on its relationships with DieniaLiparis and Malaxis...

Kumar, Li & Gale (2021)

2020 Orchid Special Group Report (SSC Species Report)

Open access: Microsatellites and petal morphology reveal new patterns of admixture in Orchis hybrid zones. Bersweden et al. (2021)

Open access: Molecular evidence of species- and subspecies-level distinctions in the rare Orchis patens s.l. and implications for conservation. Calevo et al. (2021)

Approaches for orchid conservation at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Crain (2021)

Quaternary glaciations and biogeographic patterns in a recent clade of South American epiphytic orchids (Epidendrum). Pessoa et al. (2021)

Open access: Orchid obscurity: domestic trade in wild-harvested orchids in Viet Nam. Bullough et al. (2021)

Open access: Hundreds of nuclear and plastid loci yield novel insights into orchid relationships. Pérez-Escobar et al. (2021)

Future changes in the distribution of two non-indigenous orchids and their acquired enemy in Puerto Rico. Foster & Ackerman (2021)

International Biological Flora: Nervilia nipponica. Gale et al. (2021)

Bird dispersal of seeds of Neuwiedia. Zhang et al. (2021)

Do floral and ecogeographic isolation allow the co-occurrence of two ecotypes of Anacamptis papilionacea?

Cozzolino et al. (2021)

Symbiotic seedlings for reintroduction of CR Dactylorhiza incarnata subsp. ochroleuca in Britain. Sarasan et al. (2021)

Can orchid mycorrhizal fungi be persistently harbored by the plant host? Calevo et al. (2021)

Orchid root associated bacteria: linchpins or accessories? Kaur & Sharma (2021)

Curtis's Botanical Magazine Vol 38 (1) featured eight orchids: four Cynorkis spp. (Madagascar), Pecteilis susannae, Dendrobium hekouense and Hemipilia flabellata (China) & Coelogyne  (Gynoglottiscymbidioides (Sumatra). Various authors (2021)

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The latest update (March 2021) of the Global Red List included 68 orchid species, bringing the number of orchids assessed to 1760. Of the new assessments, 39 are from Madagascar/La Réunion and 29 are from New Caledonia. Among the newly assessed species, 42 (62%) are threatened (CR/EN/VU). Our thanks to the colleagues who led on these assessments.

Read more about orchid red listing

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Started in 2000, this series of congresses brings together orchid conservationists from around the world. The next congress (IOCC8) will be held in Perth, Western Australia - we hope that this will  take place in 2023 or 2024, but this will depend on the covid situation.

Read more about previous congresses