Keep abreast of what is happening at the Macedonian Mycological Society (MMS), including updates on our science and conservation activities in Macedonia, in the Balkans and wider, such as scientific discoveries, publications, field research, events and much more.
|Posted on April 30, 2021 at 5:40 PM|
The new National Red List of Fungi of Macedonia has been produced, including 64 species, compatible with the Guidelines for Using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. Regarding the species threat status, 6 species have been assigned the category of CR - Critically Endangered (9.3 %), 19 EN – Endangered (29.6 %), 34 VU – Vulnerable (53.1 %), 2 NT - Near Threatened (3.1 %), 2 LC - Least Concern (3.1 %), and one species is DD - Data Deficient (1.5 %). The majority of the fungal species (53) belong to the phylum Basidiomycota whereas 11 are affiliated with the phylum Ascomycota.
Galerina sphagnorum, CR – Critically Endangered, B1ab (iii); C1. Photo by Matthias Theiss.
Thirteen of the Macedonian fungal species assessed are on the global IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, whose component dedicated to fungi comprises 425 species as of March 2021. The red-listing data, with maps and detailed justification of each species conservation status, have been stored in IUCN’s global central database (https://www.iucnredlist.org/assessment/sis), and subsequently transferred to the Macedonian National Red List website, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.
Guepinia helvelloides, EN – Endangered, B1ab(iii); B2ab(iii); D. Photo by Mitko Karadelev.
Daedaleopsis nitida, VU – Vulnerable, B1ab (I,iii,iv); D1. Photo by Matthias Theiss.
The next step is initiating a formal procedure for enacting the official National Red List of Fungi, which will be available to the relevant authorities in charge of conservation and the applicable biodiversity programmes. The List is pivotal for fungi conservation in the light of the major threats, such as loss and fragmentation of fungi habitats, loss of symbiotic hosts, overexploitation, pollution, and climate change.
Inocutis tamaricis, NT – Nearly Threatened, D1. Photo by Tome Jovanovski.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has supported the latest red-listing efforts via the project Biodiversity Capacity Building Programme: Promoting Good International Practices in Macedonia, managed by Hardner & Gullison Associates from the USA.
Hortiboletus bubalinus, DD-Data Deficient. Photo by Tome Jovanovski.
The ground-breaking activity for fungi conservation in the country was the Preliminary Red List of Fungi of Macedonia from year 2000, comprising 67 species. In 2013, the appendix to the red list of fungi was published containing 213 species, following the IUCN Red List criteria and categories. Yet, the latter was a red list in the non-inclusive sense of the word since justification of species conservation status was not provided. All fungi red-listing documents to date have been produced by a team from the Macedonian Mycological Society led by Prof Mitko Karadelev from the Faculty of Natural Science in Skopje.
|Posted on February 15, 2021 at 4:55 PM|
The Macedonian Mycological Society proposes that the fungus rosy goblet become a symbol of Vodno Protected Area.
The hopes are that before long, part of Vodno Mountain will be proclaimed a protected area in the category of protected landscape, thereby facilitating protection of a number of rare and threatened species occurring in the area. Specifically, five species are categorized as endangered (EN) or vulnerable (VU) pursuant to the IUCN, and they are part of the forthcoming National Red List of Fungi of Macedonia. The rosy goblet (Microstoma protractum) is among those species, emerging in springtime in a very small area in Sredno Vodno. It is a very rare and endangered species. Let us preserve the fungus rosy goblet from Vodno!
|Posted on August 27, 2020 at 7:25 AM|
A species from Macedonia new to science has been published by the authors Si-Peng Jian, Mitko Karadelev, Pan-Meng Wang, Wang-Qiu Deng and Zhu L. Yang in the journal Mycological Progress 19, 805–816 (2020), in the paper titled ''Clitopilus abprunulus, a new species from N. Macedonia with notes on C. ravus and pleuromutilin producing taxa''. The study describes Clitopilus abprunulus (Entolomataceae, Agaricales) as a new species based on collections from Macedonia with both morphological and molecular evidence. The research was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, within the framework of a Sino-Macedonian scientific and technological cooperation project.
|Posted on December 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM|
The Natural History Museum in Skopje, Macedonia, and the Macedonian Mycological Society are mounting an one-month exhibit of fungi entitled the Mystic Nature of Fungi, officially opened in the Museum on 23 December 2019. This is the first fungi exhibition ever in the Museum. The show comprises photographs of notable Macedonian fungi species by the renowned German photographer Matthias Theiss and two dioramas of dry fungi specimens from the Macedonian Collection of Fungi (MCF), housed at the Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics - Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.
Photos courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Macedonia.
|Posted on August 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM|
A new species of fungi has been described from Macedonia, named after the country where it has been collected - Astraeus macedonicus, by Rusevska, Karadelev, Telleria & M.P. Martín. The research article has been published in Persoonia, volume 42, 2019 (Fungal Planet Description Sheets: 868–950, page 380). The notes section within the paper reads as follows:
''Astraeus macedonicus is known from deciduous forests in four Macedonian localities (the mountains located in the west, north, south and east part of the country). Morphologically, this species is very similar to A. hygrometricus, A. pteridis and A. telleriae, not only in its habitat but also in its microscopic characters, such as capillitium and spores; therefore all records (collected up to 2007) were previously published as A. hygrometricus (Karadelev et al. 2008). However, the Bayesian analyses, based on 53 collections from Macedonia, and a number of published sequences mainly from Phosri et al. (2007, 2013, 2014), Fangfuk et al. (2010) and Ryoo et al. (2017), clearly grouped eight Macedonian collections as a sister clade of Astraeus ryoocheoninii, a species described from Japan and Korea, and separated A. hygrometricus, A. pteridis and A. telleriae.''
More information in the media article on Fakulteti.mk.
|Posted on August 12, 2018 at 5:25 PM|
The mycological team led by Prof. Mitko Karadelev from the Faculty of Natural Science in Skopje has rounded up the project ''Fungi of Kosovo: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas'' (1 March 2017 - 31 August 2018), funded by the Rufford Foundation.
Until now, fungi of Kosovo had been studied very scarcely and only few official data had been available. The project has produced data on 380 different species i.e. 770 pieces of data on fungi included in a specially created online database Fungi of Kosovo. A List of Rare Species from Kosovo – Red List Candidates has been produced, which will be a foundation document for preparation of a Preliminary Red List of Fungi of Kosovo, in compliance with IUCN categories and criteria. The List comprises 39 species, as follows: 1 extremely rare species, 16 very rare species and 22 rare species. In addition, it has been ascertained that 8 areas fulfil the criteria for nomination of Important Fungal Areas, which has resulted in production of an IFA Map of Kosovo.
Collected specimens have been deposited both at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics within University of Pristina in Kosovo and at the MCF (Macedonian Collection of Fungi) at Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. All project-related documentation is available on our webpage dedicated to this project.
Photographs credit: Mitko Karadelev.
Caloscypha fulgens - a rare species, growing on soil in fir forests; Prokletije National Park.
Amanita dryophila - a very rare species occurring on soil in oak forest in Kacanik area.
Kneiffiella abdita - a very rare species found in Pinus heldreichii forest in Prevalla within Shar Mt National Park.
Resupinatus cf. striatulus - a very rare species found in Pinus heldreichii forest in Prevalla within Shar Mt National Park.
|Posted on August 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM|
A team from the Macedonian Mycological Society is currently working on the bilateral project ‘Heavy Metal Content in Selected Wild Mushrooms in Macedonia and Yunnan Province’ (1 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2019). It is part of the Macedonian-Chinese Scientific and Technological Cooperation Programme, supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. The team is led by Prof. Mitko Karadelev from the Institute of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, and the host-partner is the mycological team led by Prof. Yang Zhuliang from the Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan Province, China.
During his two-week visit to China during July and Aug 2018, observing numerous target localities in Yunnan Province, Prof. Mitko Karadelev also delivered a lecture on the topic of ‘Rare and Threatened Fungi in Macedonia and Neighbouring Areas’ at the Kunming Institute of Botany in Kunming. The Chinese scientists are slated to visit Macedonia next autumn.
The project aim is comparison of heavy metal content (Ni, Cu, Fe, Hg, Zn, Mn, Pb and Cd) of selected fungi and their substrates from several localities (3 polluted and one clean area) in Macedonia (Kicevo, Bitola and Veles vs. Kozjak as a clean and non-industrialised area.) and in Yunnan Province in China accordingly. The project outcome will be establishment of the pollution level in the studied areas according to the heavy metal content in selected most common and widely distributed species occurring in both countries, belonging to the genera Agaricus, Amanita, Boletus, Marasmius, Russula, Stereum, Trametes, etc. and to different fungi groups (comestible, medicinal, poisonous, terricolous, lignicolous). These efforts will ensure accurate evaluation of polluted areas, proposing appropriate mitigation measurements, beneficial for environmental protection in both countries.
Photographs credit: Mitko Karadelev. More photographs in the gallery album dedicated to the project.
Trogia venenata, a deadly poisonous mushroom from Yunnan Province, China; July 2018.
Phallus indusiatus, commonly called the veiled lady, is an edible mushroom found in Yunnan Province, China, July 2018.
Hydnellum sp., found in Yunnan Province, China, in July 2018.
|Posted on June 25, 2018 at 5:20 AM|
In the course of springtime of 2018, fungi research was conducted in Kosovo mountains, and this time the focus was on the area with undisturbed natural forest of Bosnian pine (Pinus leucodermis). Our goal was hunting for certain distinctive species connected to this Balkan endemic pine. The greatest find was the cup-fungus Zeus olympius, known only from the type locality in Greece (Mount Olympus) and Bulgaria. Thus, ours is only its third locality in the world. The species was observed only in Prevalla (Sharr Mt National Park), at approximately 1,600 meters of elevation. The fruiting bodies grow scattered or in small groups on dead portions of twigs of Bosnian pine that are still living towards their base. The species is part of the Global Fungal Red List Initiative, where it is considered as "potentially Critically Endangered". The identified population to date is very small, and the more frequent forest fires as a consequence of climate change constitute a real threat. Our data has already been made available to the Global Fungal Red List Initiative. All project-related documentation is available in the science and conservation section of this website.
The fungus was found and determined by a team led by Prof. Mitko Karadelev from the Faculty of Natural Science in Skopje, within the trailblazing project ''Fungi of Kosovo: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas'' (1 March 2017 - 31 August 2018), funded by the Rufford Foundation.
This important find has garnered broad media attention in Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia, one of them being National Geographic Serbia.
Photo credit: Mitko Karadelev.
|Posted on March 7, 2018 at 4:00 AM|
In the course of the winter season within the project ''Fungi of Kosovo: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas'', supported by the Rufford Small Grants Foundation, the progress of foraying for fungi was not stopped but instead it continued in Kosovo lowlands. In the lowland areas there is little or no snow and outdoor temperatures are mild, thus there are favourable conditions for certain winter species to emerge. The field research was concentrated in an array of oak forests and in habitats with riparian vegetation, which yielded 380 specimens overall. The results have been incorporated in the online fungi database, which is regularly updated, and exsiccates of the new records have been deposited at the National Collection of Fungi. In view of the fact that springtime fungi collection is pending, a revised species list will be supplied in the upcoming months.
All project-related documentation is available in the science and conservation section of this website.
Photo credit: Mitko Karadelev
Trametes ochracea on stump of white willow (Salix alba).
Oak-hornbeam forest (Querco-Carpinetum orientalis).
Dendrocorticium polygonioides on a dry branch of oak.
|Posted on November 23, 2017 at 6:20 PM|
During autumn months of the project Fungi of Kosovo: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas'', supported by the Rufford Small Grants Foundation, field research for fungi collection was carried out in more than twenty localities. There were forays in various habitats but the emphasis was laid on beech and oak forests, plane riverine etc., predominantly in the central part of the country, Bjeshket e Nemuna National Park and Rugova Mountain. Taking into account the fungi database available and the current project research, data has been obtained on additional 280 records i.e. over 200 different species. The ongoing project activities and hitherto findings were discussed with the attendees of a prestigious event - EMA/ISFC Meeting “Fungal Conservation in a Changing Europe: The Challenges Ahead”, held in Ohrid (Macedonia), 1-6 October 2017. An input of the current results has been made into the online fungi database Fungi of Kosovo. An updated species list will be supplied in the upcoming months given that collection season is still in progress. Full project-related documentation is available in the science and conservation section of this website.
Photo copyright: Mitko Karadelev.
Phanerochaete sordida on Alnus glutinosa in Prokletije National Park.
Chlorophyllum rachodes – shaggy parasol, a fairly common fungus primarily occurring in or beside woods and hedges.
Hapalopilus rutilans - a common polypore on Quercus in Prokletije National Park.
Mycena galericulata in Prokletije National Park.
|Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:45 PM|
N A R R A T I V E R E P O R T
on Meeting ‘Fungal Conservation in Changing Europe - the Challenges Ahead,’
prepared by Prof. Mitko Karadelev, local organizer and Macedonian Mycological Society president
Skopje, Oct 2017
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The scientific Meeting of the European Council for Conservation of Fungi entitled Fungal Conservation in a Changing Europe: the Challenges Ahead, held in Ohrid (Macedonia) in Oct 2017, was a great success and all projected programme goals and objectives were achieved, in the context of promotion of international cooperation in fungal research, monitoring programmes, the specific steps towards fungal red listing in Europe at continental and national levels and towards publication of a European Red Data List of threatened fungi, and ECCF current and future contribution to global fungal conservation initiatives.
Introduction and Background Information on the Event
The 2017 Meeting of the European Council for Conservation of Fungi (ECCF) entitled ‘Fungal Conservation in a Changing Europe - the Challenges Ahead’ was held in Hotel Tino in Ohrid, Macedonia, between 1st and 6th of October. This high-profile event, held under the auspices of the European Mycological Association and the International Society for Fungal Conservation (ISFC), was organised and hosted by the Macedonian Mycological Society and Ss Cyril and Methodius University from Skopje. The Macedonian Mycological Society (MMS) is based at the Institute of Biology within the Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. The ECCF was established in 1988 and it is now the conservation body of EMA. Full meetings of the ECCF have traditionally been held halfway between successive congresses of European Mycologists. The previous ECCF meetings were held in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Finland and Spain. The gathering in Ohrid enjoyed great support, and it was particularly significant that it took place in the Balkan Peninsula, which has in recent times seen remarkable progress in fungal conservation. The Balkan countries are large mushroom exporters but they are still in lack of proper legislation pertaining to fungi protection.
Event Delivery Review
Within the Meeting Programme, more than thirty oral presentations were delivered and approximately twenty poster-presentations. Three sessions were held enabling specialist consideration of fungi covered by three of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Specialist Groups (red-listing of larger Basidiomycetes, rusts and smuts, and non-lichen-forming Ascomycetes). There was a one-day field excursion to Pelister National Park (visiting five-needle molika pine forest - Pinus peuce). During the event, two exhibitions were also displayed: an exhibition of freshly collected fungi and an exhibition of fungi in contemporary art.
The Meeting proved to be an excellent platform for the participants to discuss the current processes responsible for changes in the mycoflora on a local, regional, national, European and worldwide level, such as habitat loss, climate change, excessive exploitation, pollution etc.. The event plenary lectures and presentations dealt with the major ongoing European fungal conservation projects, along with educational, infrastructural and political challenges for fungal conservation in Europe nowadays. Lectures were delivered on red listing and legal protection of fungi in the Balkan countries, Turkey, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Russia. Nonetheless, the coverage of fungal conservation topics exceeded the European scale, with major talks on the state of affairs in China, India, Borneo and South Africa.
Fungal Conservation in the genomic age was widely debated and a review was made of how molecular techniques can inform and be applied to practical fungal conservation.
The hands-on workshops on global red listing were chaired by the Chairs of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)’s Species Survival Commission Fungal Specialist Groups and the leaders of the Global Fungal Red List Initiative. Advancement or finalisation was made of the assessments of many fungal species.
Citizen science, databases and new technology for fungal conservation was also one of the topics, whereat the power of citizen science and big data to foster fungal conservation was underlined. A number of websites were pinpointed for fungal data search such as GBIF, USDA and MushroomMap. Valuable projects were presented, for instance the ‘Lost and Found Fungi’ UK-based project considering fungi that have not been observed for over 50 years and inquiring whether they are merely overlooked or truly extinct, or the India-UK collaborative ventures creating fungi databases.
A separate workshop/meeting of the European Council for Conservation of Fungi was held during which the past role of the ECCF in fungal conservation in Europe was discussed and its future role was mapped. Recommendations were made for bringing together ECCF members’ expertise to provide the best scientific evidence accessible to policy makers, communicating the significance of fungi to policy-makers and the general public, and providing assistance to ECCF members so that they can enhance their capacity via training and networking.
The Meeting was the first mycological gathering in Macedonia, whereat 56 representatives of 29 countries from Europe and beyond were in attendance. The overall level and quality of the international and a few local participants was outstanding. The majority of them were luminaries of fungal conservation on a global scale, such as scientists from IUCN Species Survival Commission Fungal Specialist Groups or their chairs and the leaders of the Global Fungal Red List Initiative.
The Meeting was covered by the domestic national and regional media. The reports were broad and entailed all key aspects of the fungal conservation meeting: its programme, purpose and expected outcomes. It was reported by the reputable national, daily broadsheet newspaper Nova Makedonija and the regional web-based news outlet OhridPress.
The Macedonian Mycological Society as a local host also provided extensive live coverage of the ECCF Meeting developments on social media: on the MMS twitter account and the facebook group specially created for the event, and subsequently on the Meeting webpage created within the MMS official website.
Fungi are essential to the recycling of nutrients in all terrestrial ecosystems, and they are inseparable from the processes that sustain life on earth but they are endangered. Until the last couple of decades, they were completely overlooked by the conservation programmes. The European Council for Conservation of Fungi was the first to recognize this problem. In 2010 the International Society for Fungal Conservation was formed, and in 2013 the IUCN as the world’s foremost conservation NGO formally recognized that protection of fungi was just as important as protection of animals and plants. The ECCF Meeting in Ohrid has definitely continued to contribute to these efforts, and by its decision to organise this gathering in Macedonia, ECCF has acknowledged and simultaneously immensely encouraged the current thriving fungal conservation activities in the Balkans.
For download of this Narrative Report, please click here.
|Posted on October 3, 2017 at 5:45 AM|
The Meeting of the European Council for Conservation of Fungi, under the auspices of EMA and ISFC, has officially been opened in Ohrid on 1 Oct and it will last until 6 Oct 2017. It is hosted by the Macedonian Mycological Society and Ss. Cyril and Methodius University from Skopje.
Photographic albums with captions from all days of the scientific Meeting are available in the following Photo Gallery:
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Exhibition: Fungi in Contemporary Painting, displayed throughout the Meeting.
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Join the conversation on SOCIAL MEDIA: the Meeting twitter is @mkdmycology and the facebook group formed specially for the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/638232593042526/.
Please use the Meeting hashtag #EMAohrid2017 and mention @EMAConservation to get the word out.
Group photo of Meeting participants.
ECCF Meeting participants group photo during the visit to St Naum Monastery and the Crn Drim river springs.
|Posted on September 25, 2017 at 4:55 PM|
The complete Programme has been released for the upcoming Meeting of the European Council for Conservation of Fungi in Ohrid (1-6 Oct), under the auspices of the European Mycological Association and the International Society for Fungal Conservation, organized and hosted by the Macedonian Mycological Society and Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje.
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During the Meeting, daily updates will be regularly posted on this webpage. Join the conversation on SOCIAL MEDIA: the Meeting twitter is @mkdmycology and the facebook group formed specially for the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/638232593042526/.
Please use the Meeting hashtag #EMAohrid2017 and mention @EMAConservation to get the word out.
|Posted on August 4, 2017 at 1:05 AM|
In the course of the first four months of the project 'Fungi of Kosovo: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas'', supported by the Rufford Small Grants Foundation, field research for collection of fungal material was conducted in over 20 localities in Kosovo. The collection season is still in progress.The laboratory analyses for identification of the fungi specimens were performed at the Mycological Laboratory in Skopje. On the basis of both the existing fungi database and our project research so far, there is data on about 230 different fungal species. Our project findings to date were presented at the 37th Meeting of Eastern Alpine and Dinaric Society for Vegetation Ecology, held in Prizren (Kosovo), between 13 and 16 July 2017. We participated both in the lecture sessions and poster presentations. The results have also been entered in the online fungi database created for this project specifically; exsiccates of the new finds have been deposited at the National Collection of Fungi.
Lecture by Prof. Mitko Karadelev during the 37th Meeting of Eastern Alpine and Dinaric Society for Vegetation Ecology, held in Prizren, 13-16 July 2017.
Leccinum pseudoscabrum found in oak forest in Kacanik area, Kosovo.
Elaphomyces granulatus - an underground fungus from Kosovo.
The black trumpet (Craterellus cornucopioides) - a mushroom species exported from Kosovo.
|Posted on July 18, 2017 at 3:15 AM|
The Second Circular has been released for the Meeting of the European Mycological Association (EMA) and the International Society for Fungal Conservation (ISFC), entitled ‘Fungal Conservation in a Changing Europe: the Challenges Ahead,’ to be held in Hotel Tino-St Stefan, in Ohrid, 1-6 Oct 2017. The Circular provides information about the Preliminary Programme, abstract submission, accomodation and registration.
Please note that the early bird period for lower registration fees has been extended to the end of July 2017. If you are able to attend the Meeting, please complete the registration form provided within the Second Circular, and send it to Prof. Karadelev as indicated. For payment of registration fees, please use the the bank account information given in the registration form.
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Host: Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje.
Local Organizer: Prof. Mitko Karadelev, Institute of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Arhimedova 5, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia.
Organizing Committee: Assistant Prof. Katerina Rusevska; Prof. Gerhard Kost; Kristina Zimbakova; Daniela Mitic-Kopanja.
Scientific Support: IUCN Species Survival Commission (Chytrid, Zygomycete, Downy Mildew and Slime Mould Specialist Group; Cup-fungi, Truffles and Allies Specialist Group; Lichen Specialist Group; Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball Specialist Group; Rust and Smut Specialist Group).
The fungus Lenzitopsis oxycedri - symbol of the Meeting: http://iucn.ekoo.se/iucn/species_view/333109/.
|Posted on June 15, 2017 at 9:50 AM|
A Meeting entitled ‘Fungal Conservation in a Changing Europe: the Challenges Ahead,’ will be held in Ohrid (Macedonia), between 1st and 6th Oct 2017. It is organized by the European Mycological Association (EMA) and the International Society for Fungal Conservation (ISFC), with scientific support by the IUCN Species Survival Commission. The Macedonian Mycological Society (MMS), based at the Institute of Biology within the Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, is the local host of the event. The venue is Hotel Tino-St Stefan in the city of Ohrid. The city is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site while the adjacent lake is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
The Meeting will be a platform for the participants to discuss the current processes responsible for changes in the mycoflora on a local, regional, national, European as well as overseas level, and to promote international cooperation in research, monitoring programmes and publication of red data lists of threatened fungi. The event will be divided into plenary lectures, workshops on IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) global red listing, poster sessions, and a one-day field excursion to Pelister National Park. To register for the event and for detailed event information, please consult the First Circular.
|Posted on May 1, 2017 at 2:25 PM|
Thanks to a recently awarded grant from the Rufford Foundation, a team from the Macedonian Mycological society has commenced a new project: ''Fungi of Kosovo: Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas''. The project is to be implemented between 1 March 2017 through 31 August 2018.
The project goals are compiling a fungi inventory and a preliminary red list of fungi compliant with IUCN criteria, along with proposing Important Fungal Areas based on the presence of rare and threatened species, richness, and habitat mycological significance. The List and IFAs will be crucial for fungi conservation in view of the major threats, as follows: excessive exploitation, fungi habitats’ fragmentation and destruction. Public awareness will be raised via media campaign, presentations and promotional material. A new database (FUNGI OF KOSOVO) will also be created, accessible online, with reference to all identified fungal species of Kosovo. More on the following link.
Microstoma protractum. Photograph by Mitko Karadelev.
|Posted on February 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM|
Macedonian Mycological Society president Karadelev is one of the eighteen participants at the current Workshop of European Mycologists, held in Flen, Sweden, between 2nd and 4th Feb 2015. The event is within the framework of IUCN’s Global Fungal Red List initiative, and it is pivotal for moving fungal conservation forward. The general aim of the initiative is that at least 300 fungal species are evaluated against IUCN’s red list criteria on a global scale by 2015 yearend. The evaluation of approximately 74 species will be finalised during the workshop.
Species of fungi are threatened by habitat loss, loss of symbiotic hosts, pollution, excessive exploitation, and climate change, but the vast majority of fungal species have not been assessed. The objective of the global IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is to raise awareness of the urgency of conservation issues among the public and policy makers, and assist the international community in mitigation of species decline and extinction.
Pyrofomes demidoffii, species proposed for Global Red List Assessment by Mitko Karadelev.
|Posted on September 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM|
Within the outreach activities of the Rufford project, Establishing Fungi Checklist and Preliminary Red List and Proposing Important Fungal Areas in Albania, in late Aug 2014 MMS president Karadelev had a presentation on Preliminary Red List of Albanian Macrofungi and he led a one-day fungi foray in Shebenik-Jabllanice NP, within the week-long Ecological Summer Camp.
The Camp involved 30 students of diverse study areas, ranging from biology to sociology, from Macedonia and Albania, with active involvement of local NGOs representatives and local residents. Through the lecture and the field research, the participants had an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the threatened fungi species in Albania and also with the fungi growing in this National Park. A number of new, unpublished species for Albania were found during the fungi foray.
We joined our conservation efforts with the Albanian NGO PPNEA (Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania) and the Macedonian Ecological Society, and we implemented the Albanian fungi outreach activity within the Ecological Summer Camp, which was part of their EU-funded project for cross border cooperation - Enhancing Trans-Boundary Protection and Development of the Shebenik-Jabllanice Mountain Range by Active Local Involvement.
Photo copyright: Mitko Karadelev
Beech forest on limestone
|Posted on June 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM|
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.