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Fungi Conservation in Albania Draws Media Attention

Posted by macfungi on June 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

During the past two months, there have been robust outreach activities related to our ongoing project ''Fungi Albanici: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas in Albania''.

Up till now, data has been yielded on approximately 600 fungal species that have been identified. The finalised Preliminary Red List of fungi species, categorised in compliance with IUCN criteria, was revealed at the 4th International Conference of Ecosystems held in Tirana (23-26 May 2014), through a lecture and open discussion with Albanian officials from the relevant ministries. At the same event, the ecology and distribution of lignicolous fungi in Albania was presented via a poster. Not only have our fungi conservation efforts been extensively covered by news media in Albania but also in Macedonia, Kosovo and as far as China and Algeria. The links to the published media articles along with the lecture and poster are all available at http://macfungi.webs.com/fungialbanici.htm.


Photographs by Mitko Karadelev. All rights reserved.

Fungi Research in Albania Presented at International Conference

Posted by macfungi on December 4, 2013 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The outcome of the activities thus far within our project ''Fungi Albanici: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas in Albania'' was poster-presented at the prestigious Third International Congress on Fungal Conservation, which was held in Mugla, Turkey, 11-15th November 2013 (http://www.fungal-conservation.org/icfc3/index.htm). Before long our conservation research results will be published in the Fungal Conservation newsletter of the International Society for Fungal Conservation.

During the past autumn months, within the scope of the current project, numerous localities in Albania were visited aimed at fungi forays, by paying particular attention to the National Parks of Tomorri, Llogora, Prespa, Valbonë, Hotove, Shebenik and Korab-Koritnik Natural Park. In excess of 1,000 specimens were collected with approximately 600 different species overall to date, some of them being very interesting such as Pyrofomes demidoffii, Antrodia juniperina, Lysurus cruciatus, Suillus sibiricus, Hexagonia nitida, Pisolithus arhizus, etc. More on http://macfungi.webs.com/fungialbanici.htm


Photographs by Mitko Karadelev. All rights reserved.



Valbona National Park.

Amanita caesarea in Llogora NP.

Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing IFAs in Albania

Posted by macfungi on August 9, 2013 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)
A team from the Macedonian Mycological society has embarked on a new project: ''Fungi Albanici: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas in Albania''. The project is of duration from 1 April 2013 - until 30 September 2014, and it is a result of a recently awarded Booster Grant from the Rufford Foundation. 

In the course of the first three project months, field research was conducted and over 20 localities in Albania were visited. The collected fungal material from these spring forays has been entirelly processed, and the results have been entered in a fungi database created specifically for this project. In view of both the fungi database and project research so far, there is data on approximately 350 specimens, of which about 260 are different species - all new for Albania. Part of the project results were presented at the Third International Conference of Ecosystems, held in Tirana in June 2013. More on www.macfungi.webs.com/fungialbanici.htm.


Photographs by Mitko Karadelev. All rights reserved.

Prespa NP in Albania

Fungi foray.

Polyporus brumalis


Pluteus thomsonii - a very rare fungal species.