Seed banking for wild plant species became a big issue in the Greek news headlines!
At the same time, we have published an article in a local newspaper of Chania about the seedlot of Phoenix theophrasti from Preveli we preserve in our seed bank, along with other endemic and threatened wild plants of Crete, the studies for the genetic diversity among populations, as well as some general things about the function of the seed bank. We took also the opportunity to speak about the networks of seed banks we participate in (GENMEDA and ENSCONET).
The same article has been also published to an important national newspaper and this has risen up a big public discussion about seed banking and also, about the way reforestations take place in Greece without taking into account the origin and the genetic identity of the material used.
The next days, we gave several interviews in other newspapers, in local and national radio stations and TV channels, and many people have been informed about the existence and the importance of seed banking wild plant species!
Genmeda is on the road
Since all the members liked the Ifedes Group´s (www.grupoifedes.com) proposal for our new website and concurred on working with them, we can happily say that the Genmeda webpage will be ready by the end of 2010.
The signing of the agreement for the creation of the net that took place last June was the starting point for what we hope it will be a long race. In this sense, the Communication working group has been successfully coordinating the joint efforts to carry out the relevant tasks for the development of the website.
Also, you can do your bit and make suggestions to include some contents that may be an added value to our web space´s launching pad. So, do not hesitate! They will be very welcome.
Barcelona Botanical Garden holds a successful meeting of the GENMEDA network
By bringing back the two former projects (Genmedoc and Semclimed) as a sample of the essential collaboration and engagement, Antoni Marzo (CIEF) intended to present the goodness of a formal establishment to Genmeda, which has been, in any case, a common work scenario for the last years.
Gloria Ortiz (CIEF) piloted the meeting, making the presentation of key issues and moderating the group discussion. ©Emilio Laguna, 10/06/2010
In like manner, discussions were open to review the main controversial issues, such as, name of the network translated into all the partners' languages, layout of Odissea Seminum newsletter, website composition, importance of databases, candidates for network positions, working groups and last but not least, new members accession. In regards to these topics we reached the following applicable proposals:
- Board-meeting candidatures to be voted: Myriam Virevaire (President, CBNM Porquerolles), Anna Guglielmo (Secretary, DB University of Catania), Gloria Ortiz (Treasurer, CIEF).
- Centres/members of the Steering Committee proposals to be voted: Josep Lluís Gradaille (JB Soller), Gianni Bacchetta (CCB Cagliari), Josep M. Montserrat (JB Barcelone), Christina Fournaraki (MAICh) and Elena Estrelles (JB Valencia).
- Working groups: 1) Communication and diffusion; 2) Genmeda's Database; 3) Ex situ culture collections; 4) Research (habitats preservation, molecular studies, etc.); 5) 'Relex' (external relations); 6) Strategic planning; 7) Virtual collection, index seminum, duplication, infosheets; and 8) Network’s future.
- General Assembly meeting will be held in Rome next May-June 2011 (date still to be fixed). Dr. Pietro Pavone kindly made first arrangements phoning their Roman colleagues during the current meeting.
Group picture including most of the meeting attendants, before starting the meal. © Emilio Laguna, 10/06/2010
In a nutshell, thanks to joint efforts and best practices, Genmeda network is a lively transnational network that will provide a shared stand for flora conservation actions.
Hopeful new year
More protection for Calendula maritima
Calendula maritima. Picture extracted from the IUCN website (http://www.iucn.org/) © Anna Giordano for the IUCN's Top 50 of Mediterranean Island Plants, MIPSG-SSC. This image houses a link to the IUCN booklet. Please consult there the page 92-93.The Sicilian endemic Calendula maritima Guss. was selected as one of the species to conserve through the SEMCLIMED/GENMEDOC projects, developed by the GENMEDA network. It deals with one of the most relevant endangered species of the Mediterranean area, included in the Top50 list of Mediterranean Island Plants(http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/mediterranean_top50_en.pdf) and the IUCN global redlist (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/61618/0). C. maritima only lives in a few selected sites of the province of Trapani, having its locus classicus in the Nature Reserve Saline di Trapani e Paceco; all the populations are considered as endangered including those of the nature reserve, due to the projected enlargement of the harbour of Marsala, close to the salinas.
Dr. Angelo Troià, former director of the Nature Reserve and one of the most known botanists in Sicily, has fighted for years in order to obtain more protection measures for this species; in addition, practically all the Sicilian botanists and conservationists have claimed for the preservation of the species sites. Recently the councilior Mr. Salvatore Daidone proposed an amendment to the regional provisions, in order to engage more the public institution with the future conservation of C. maritima, even considering it as a province symbol for nature conservation. We are glade to announce that the President of the Province of Trapani, Mr. Girolamo Turamo, has sent us a letter confirming the approval of this proposal, which will add to endure the future for this species. Many thanks from oor blog, and long life for Calendula maritima!
Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendula_maritima
2nd Newsletter of EBONE is ready
in Transformation - Challenges for Landscape Ecology and Management”.
Date: July 12 – 16
Place: Salzburg, Austria.
Further information: www.iale2009.eu
-2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology “Conservation biology and beyond:
from science to practice“.
Date: September 01 – 05
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Further information: www.eccb2009.org
Landscape Ecological Research
Date: September 29 – October 02
Place: Bratislava, Slovakia
Further information: www.uke.sav.sk
International congress ISHS/ISSS in Murcia, Spain, Sept. 2009
As most of you already know the ISHS (International Society for Horticultural Science) and ISSS (International Society for Seed Science), under the cooperation of CEBAS-CSIC in Murcia (Spain), organize the 5th International Symposium on Seed, Transplant and Seed Establishment of Horticultural Crops, to be done in Murcia between 27th Sept. and 1st Oct. Deadlines are closing quickly so please contact the webpage as soon as possible, if interested to attend and participate in this event.
2nd circular Seed Ecology III
I am happy to announce that we are on track for Seed Ecology III, the 3rd International Society for Seed Science Meeting on Seeds and the Environment. Following in the excellent tradition established at meetings in Rhodes in 2004 and Perth in 2007, this meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 20-24, 2010.
I have attached a PDF flyer with meeting dates, location, website url, and contact email--please print this and post it prominently at your institution. We hope to attract wide participation from the community of seed ecologists from around the world.
For more information, please visit our website at: www.seedecology3.org. If you have additional questions, you may contact the organizing committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To aid in our planning, it would be very helpful to get an early indication of your possible attendance. Please send us an email, or use the 'contact us' button on the website, to let us know of your interest, and to be placed on an email list to be notified of website updates as they occur.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in Salt Lake City in June 2010.
Dr. Susan E. Meyer, Research EcologistUS Forest Service Rocky Mountain research Station