State of the world's plants and fungi

Walker, Colin (2021). State of the world's plants and fungi. CactusWorld, 39(2) pp. 161–162.


A synopsis of the major report entitled 'State of the World's Plants & Fungi' published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2020. The aim was to tackle the knowledge gaps between the known and potential benefits for plants and fungi for our planet. The four major threats, accounting for 75% of the total, were identified as: agriculture and aquaculture; biological resource use; natural system modifications; residential and commercial development. Of especial note is that the Red List of endangered species over-represents families such as the Cactaceae targeted by assessment programmes.

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