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The mycological social network a way forward for conservation of fungal biodiversity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 October 2020

Peter J Irga*
Affiliation:
Plants and Environmental Quality Research Group, University of Technology Sydney, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, UltimoNSW 2007, Australia
Laura Dominici
Affiliation:
Applied Ecology Research Group, Politecnico di Torino, DIATI – Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, 10129 Turin, Italy
Fraser R Torpy
Affiliation:
Plants and Environmental Quality Research Group, University of Technology Sydney, School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, UltimoNSW 2007, Australia
*
Author for correspondence: Dr Peter J Irga, Email: peter.irga@uts.edu.au

Summary

Because knowledge of fungal diversity is very incomplete, it is possible that anthropogenic impacts are driving species to extinction before they have been discovered. Fungal inventories are still incomplete and do not reflect the complete diversity of this large taxon. Whilst molecular advancements are leading to an increased rate of species discovery, there is still much to be done to understand the diversity of fungi, identify rare species and establish conservation goals. Citizen science via social media could play an increasingly important role in mycological research, and its continued development should be supported and encouraged. The involvement of non-professionals in data collection helps increase public awareness, as well as extending the scope and efficiency of fungal surveys. Future academic mycological research could benefit from social media interaction and engagement with the amateur mycological community, which may accelerate the achievement of more effective conservation goals.

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© The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Foundation for Environmental Conservation

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