Systematics Association Founders’ Lecture 2023

Dr Rebecca Yahr, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

A future for fungi: lichens, environment and current conservation

Interest in fungi is currently experiencing a welcome renaissance, with books, documentaries, and social media all abuzz with all things fungal. However, in scientific circles, fungal conservation is still far from mainstream. This talk will offer different perspectives on fungal conservation from ongoing work at RBGE, from international work through IUCN specialist groups, to local work in our internationally and nationally important habitats. Case studies will include inventory and sampling for creation of barcode reference libraries in the mountains and population genetic and dispersal studies highlighting vulnerabilities and opportunities for lichens of the temperate rainforest, one of the most iconic and important habitats for our internationally important lichens.

Rebecca Yahr is the Lichen Biodiversity Scientist at RBGE, responsible for research about lichens from an evolutionary perspective. Her research aims to understand the diversity of lichens using a wide range of tools from inventory and biogeography to population genetics and the structure of symbiotic relationships.

This will be an in-person event at The Linnean Society of London on Wednesday 25th October 2023 at 6 pm. The event will be followed by a drinks reception for all attendees.

This is a FREE event but please register using the link below to secure a place. We look forward to seeing you there!