The University of Roma Tre will host the 1st International Plant Translocation Conference from February 22-25, 2021 in Rome. The conference will be a unique occasion for conservation biologists from around the world to share their experiences, successes and misfortunes in restoring threatened plant species.
Many plant species around the globe are threatened or already extirpated from the wild as a result of habitat loss, pollution, alien invasive species and climate change. Translocation is now a common conservation, sometimes highly successful, sometimes dramatically discouraging. Conservation biologists, ecologists, taxonomists, geneticists, practitioners, policy makers and others need a place to share experiences improve translocation science and practice to deliver more effective conservation outcomes. The 1st International Plant Translocation Conference will provide a forum for this discussion.
With international keynote speakers, almost 40 talks, and social events, the Conference will provide an opportunity for the global community of plant conservation biologists and beyond to present recent findings, learn from each other’s experience, initiate new collaborations and transfer knowledge to the next generation of conservation biologists.
THE IPTC LOGO
The logo of the International Plant Translocation Conference (IPTC) represents important species that were subject to translocation and represented the incredible challenges of reintroducing plant species. Among others, these challenges include the poor quantity and quality of ex situ material, the choice of a suitable recipient site, the removal of threats, the impacts on the recipient community, the costs, and the ethical considerations.
The main symbol on the left is the Superb Cyanea, Cyanea superba (Cham.) A. Gray subsp. superba, a member of the Campanulaceae family endemic to the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. This species went extinct in the wild in 2002 and reintroduced in several sites from ex situ specimens. See the story of Cyanea superba at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk1Q13fFRz8
The symbol on the far right is the Saint Helena Redwood, Trochetiopsis erythroxylon (Forst.) Marais, a species endemic to Saint Helena in the Malvaceae family, which was declared extinct in the wild in the 1950s. Reintroduced from ex situ stocks, no recruitment has been observed, so far. See Lambdon & Ellick 2016 at http://dxdoiorg/102305/IUCNUK2016-1RLTST30560A67371983en.
The small fungus on the left is the Pink Waxcap, Hygrocybe calypraeformis (Berkeley & Broome) Fayod, one of the few, if not the only fungus species ever translocated. Although not in the Plant Kingdom, Fungi are traditionally treated by botanist and plant conservationists. The Pink Waxcap has been translocated in the UK where a population of this rare species was found on the land proposed for the new Heysham to M6 link road north of Lancaster. Fertile caps were introduced in suitable areas allowing spores to be shed directly into the new sites. The interesting story of this translocations can be found at: https://cieem.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/InPractice89_Sept15.pdf
Credits: Dr. M.C. Mariani, S. Micieli (graphic designer)