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Fungimap Inc. is a not-for-profit citizen science organisation dedicated to raising the profile of Australia's incredible fungal diversity. Our emphasis is on enjoying and learning about fungi, with a focus on macrofungi in the natural environment.

Fungimap eNews 22 - May 2019

An unexpected fungal paradise

Fungi really are everywhere if you look when they are popping up. Driving along the Princes Highway through the highly modified agricultural catchments of Victoria’s western district, one might not be expect to find a fungal paradise.Tucked away among treeless, rocky paddocks of the Victorian Volcanic Plains, a 400 acre (160 ha) property adjoining the shores of Lake Corangamite harbours some of the most diverse fungal habitat in the district.

Read the rest of this foray report from Alison Pouliot report here.

The golden splash tooth (Phlebia subceracea, Alison Pouliot).

Fungi included in the Barometer of life

To date, more than 98,500 species have been assessed for the Red List. This is an incredible achievement. However, our work is not complete. We need to increase the number of assessments for animal, fungi and plant species to ensure that The IUCN Red List continues to serve as a powerful conservation tool.

THE GOAL: 160,000 by 2020
Our goal is to assess at least 160,000 species by 2020. Acheiving this will further improve the ability of The IUCN Red List to provide the most up-to-date information on the health of the world’s biodiversity, and thereby guide critical conservation actions.

The IUCN Red List grows larger with each update as newly described species and species from less well-known groups are assessed for the first time., including fungi. IUCN and its partners are working to expand the number of taxonomic groups that have full and complete Red List assessments in order to improve our knowledge of the status of the world's biodiversity.

Fungi – Although fungi are one of the worlds most biodiverse groups, they are also the most under-represented taxa on The IUCN Red List with fewer than 100 species assessments currently published. Fungi are vital components of ecosystems, are essential for nutrient recycling, and bring a wide range of benefits to human lives. To improve representation of fungi on the Red List, IUCN is currently focusing on assessing a range of fungi groups, including selected groups of lichens, mushrooms, rusts, smuts, truffles, chytrids, slime moulds, and mildews. For further information on fungi assessments, see The Global Fungal Red List Initiative website.

Australasian Fungi Red List Workshop

The Australasian Fungi Red List Workshop, to be held July 22-26, 2019 at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, aims to assess 100 species of fungi from Australia and New Zealand, under the IUCN Red List criteria. You can see species currently suggested for assessment at the Global Fungi Red List Initiative (GFRLI) website on a special page for this Workshop. You can create an account on the GFRLI website and comment on species that have been proposed (note that some species profiles are yet to be populated with information). Please contact Tom May if you have further species that you would like to suggest for assessment or if you are interested in attending the Workshop.

Two-toned Pins (Chlorovibrissea bicolor, Tim Cannon CC-BY-SA).

Little Book of Corals

Ed & Pat Grey have updated their handy guide to coral fungi A Little Book of Corals. Revision 4 contains colour images and short descriptions in dot point form of 43 taxa of coral fungi from Victoria. Additions include photos of the different types of mycelium and a table providing spore sizes and shapes. The booklet is available for free download on the FNCV website.

Violet Coral (Clavaria zolingeri, Richard Hartland CC-BY-SA).

Putting Victoria’s fungal biodiversity on the map

In late 2017 Fungimap was delighted to receive a Victorian Government Community & Volunteer Action (CVA) grant to support biodiversity protection and recovery actions. Our grant of $50,000 will be used to focus on fungi in five Victorian Catchment Management areas (CMAs).

We will hold seven training events across these CMAs over 2018-2019 and hold events with local groups giving presentations, field work and surveys.

We are developing region-specific identification kits for the Lost Fungi and some recognisable fungi. The second version of the  Lost Fungi Booklet and a Quick Guide for Gippsland are now avialable for download. Find out more about Fungimap's work being supported by the CVA grant  and downloads here

Beenak Long Tooth (Beenakia dacostae, Geoff Lay CC-BY-SA).

Welcome new Fungimap coordinator Cam Durnsford

A quick word to introduce myself – my name is Cam Durnsford, and I’ve recently started at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens as the new Fungimap coordinator. I come to the role with experience working in community media and project management in the not-for-profit sector and am currently studying at the University of Melbourne’s Master of Urban Horticulture program.

As a keen gardener, hiker and foodie it’s inevitable I’d be drawn to fungi – I’m humbled to be working on such an important and exciting project as Fungimap. I hope that through my work here we can continue to promote the conservation of fungi and further research in areas such as mycoremediation; it seems there are incredible opportunities for us to learn more about fungi and the important role they play in ecology. If I had to name a favourite fungus it would be Cortinarius archeri; I’m fascinated by mycorrhizal relationships, love eucalypts and it’s such a funky colour.
You can reach me here on 

Volunteers celebrated

For those of you on Instagram you may want to follow dr.fu.says. Frank has been celebrating the Herbarium Volunteers this week and our Fungimap Volunteers will be the focus on Fungi Friday.

Follow  Frank Udovicic@dr.fu.says and his unofficial thoughts on happenings at the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL). He is an expert in Eucalypts and their kin, exploring the relationships between Eucalyptus species and Angophoras, the Eudesmia subgenus of Eucalyptus and Corymbias as well as Callistemon & Melaleuca. Of course we know that these are just the showy photosynthetic appendages of mycorrhizal fungi!

Fungi Events

Latrobe Valley Fungi - A Fungimap CVA Project

'Putting Gippsland Fungi on the Map' with Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, plus 'Insights into rare and threatened Fungi' by Dr Tom May. Organised by the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club, May 24 from 7:30-9pm. Entry free.
To register your interest in being part of the project, email here.

Bairnsdale Fungi Talks - A Fungimap CVA Project

Meeting of the Bairnsdale & District Field Naturalists Club. Presentations: ‘Putting Gippsland Fungi on the Map' by Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and 'Insights into rare and threatened Fungi' by Dr Tom May. May 25 from 7:30-9pm, at St Mary's Parish Hall, Pyke Street, Bairnsdale. More info here.

Ballarat Fungi Foray - A Fungimap CVA Project

Field trip with Fungimap and Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat to learn about fungi and how to record them. June 9, time and location to be announced. More info here.

Sponsor a Species

Our editors are working hard to complete the next edition of 'Fungi Down Under'. You can help by sponsoring one or more of the fungi, such as the beautiful species shown here.
At a cost of $100 for each species, these are tax-deductible donations to the Austral Fungi Fund, and will help pay for the publication costs of the book. To find the species needing to find a sponsor, please visit our shop.

Russula persanguinea (Sarah Lloyd CC-BY-SA).
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