NEWS, PUBLICATIONS & THE IOCC SERIES OF CONGRESSES
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NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
8th International Orchid Conservation Congress
(IOCC 8, Perth, Western Australia)
***WEBSITE NOW LIVE***
Conference (12-14 September, 2024) plus fieldtrips
WOC 23, Tainan, Taiwan
(click here for document with further details)
Amy Hinsley was interviewed in an article about orchid trade in The Guardian, along with several other plant trade experts
The VII Scientific Conference on Andean Orchids will be held in Cusco, Peru, 27 – 29 November 2023.
More information can be found on the event website:
The webpage for the conference is still under development, so please
check back often.
We have heard the sad news that Professor Grenville “Gren” Lucas (1935-2022) has passed away. For many years the Keeper of the Herbarium and Library in the 1980s and 1990s, Gren was a driving force in plant conservation – he was one of the few botanists involved in the development of CITES, and he succeeded Sir Peter Scott as the Chairman of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN. In his “retirement”, he was Honorary Treasurer of the Linnean Society for more than 20 years. A full obituary can be found at:
Our condolences to his family.
The KBA Partnership has just launched a free online training course on Identifying and delineating Key Biodiversity Areas. Hosted on The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Training website, this is a self-guided course aimed at building relevant knowledge and skills among KBA practitioners and experts who will be involved in KBA identification and training.
Rudolf Jenny (1953-2021). R.I.P. With great sadness we report that Rudolf has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. He was a long-term member of OSG.
Read about Orchid Surveys in the Limestone Hills of Peninsular Malaysia on the OSG Asia Subgroup website
Ed de Vogel (1942-2021) R.I.P. With great sadness, we report that OSG member Ed de Vogel has passed away. 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:
With 28 citations in 2020, A review of the trade in orchids and its implications for conservation (Hinsley et al., 2018) was the most cited paper in Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
With 30 citations in 2020, Orchid conservation: how can we meet the challenges in the twenty-first century? (Fay, 2018) was the most cited paper in Botanical Studies
Global conservation prioritorization for Orchidaceae. Vitt et al. (2023; Scientific Reports 13: 6718).
Here is the 2021 IUCN SSC Orchid SG Report, with news of our targets etc.
Making sense of domestic wildlife and CITES legislation: The example of Nepal's orchids. Bashyal et al. (2023)
Open access: The effect of habitat transformation on a twig epiphytic orchid: Evidence from population dynamics. Ospina-Calderón et al (2023).
Wild orchids: A framework for identifying and improving sustainable harvest. Ticktin et al. (2023)
Open access: Orchids of Mongolia: Taxonomy, Species Richness and Conservation Status. Baasanmunkh et al. (2022)
Open access: Quantifying an online wildlife trade using a web crawler. Masters et al. (2022).
Open access: Estimating the completeness of orchid checklists and atlases: a case study from southern Italy. Croce (2022).
Open access: Seed viability testing for research and conservation of epiphytic and terrestrial orchids. Pradhan et al. (2022).
Martín-Forés et al. (2022).
Free access: The Waiting Room Hypothesis revisited by orchids: were orchid mycorrhizal fungi recruited among root endophytes?
Selosse et al. (2022)
Comparisons of habitat types and host tree species across a threatened Caribbean orchid’s core and edge distribution. (Trichocentrum undulatum). Borrero et al. (2022)
Open access: An Orchid in Retrograde: Climate-Driven Range Shift Patterns of Ophrys helenae in Greece. Charitonidou et al. (2021).
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 armeniacum. Wang 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)
Kumar, Li & Gale (2021)
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)
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)
International Biological Flora: Nervilia nipponica. Gale et al. (2021)
Bird dispersal of seeds of Neuwiedia. Zhang et al. (2021)
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 (Gynoglottis) cymbidioides (Sumatra). Various authors (2021)
IOCC (INTERNATIONAL ORCHID CONSERVATION CONGRESSES)
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 from 11 to 16 September, 2024.