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  1. Well said, I couldn't have put it better myself.
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    Harvest Ethics

    Fallen twigs and phyllodes are not live material. NPWS is not run by scientists, and also has an incredibly stretched budget. Again, cultivating ad hoc is unlikely to benefit an endangered species in any tangible way, particularly without any plan to move offspring back into wild habitat. Genetic loss happens rapidly through inbreeding, and cloning is only useful for populations that are already highly inbred, and it's contentious what it really achieves - i.e. it only delays the inevitable. Don't fool yourself, cultivating an endangered species that contains DMT is not saving the species, it's meeting personal desires. Not to say it's inherently wrong, if the seed or cutting has been sourced from cultivated plants, but it's important to recognise the reality of the situation and call a spade a spade. It is also not to say that collaboration and co-management shouldn't be pursued, or worthwhile, but it's the ad hoc approach and use of the "conservation" justification that's problematic with these species. If the cultivation and breeding of an endangered species isn't carefully controlled, with requisite genetic analyses to ensure limited stock is sufficiently outbred, the inevitable inbreeding that will occur will ultimately be detrimental to the species. Conversely, outbreeding depression can occur by pairing the wrong stock. We only need to look at our beloved Trichocereus to see what hobby breeding does to them. Everything is a mutt bred with a mutt, with all kinds of beautiful but significantly weaker mutants cropping up all the time. Put your flowering Acacia courtii into a yard with other flowering Acacia species, and it's not unlikely you'll end up with hybrid seed that's completely unusable for conservation purposes. In the right context 'just say no' is exactly the right approach.
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    Harvest Ethics

    When and where this is appropriate is when this is done by professionals with a specific recovery plan. If you're a punter taking living material from an endangered species and thinking you're somehow helping, you're wrong. Ex situ conservation only works properly when approached with proper planning and background research. Inbred cultivated material is generally useless for conservation purposes. Having an endangered species in captivity without any plan of breeding it with other individuals and reintroducing the offspring back into the wild is a pointless pursuit that achieves nothing. As a biologist/ecologist, I can assure you that wild harvesting live material is rarely acceptable or ethical - this can include seed collection, depending on how it is done and the conservation status of the species. To add to that, collecting seed from a limited number of individuals and then cultivating those will always lead to a loss of genetic diversity, which itself is a threat to the conservation of endangered species. I would ask everyone here to resist the urge to harvest any living material or seeds from any wild plants; it can be and often is incredibly damaging and a serious threat to the persistence of these species. We see what poaching does to the megafauna in Africa - poaching from Acacia obtusifolia or Acacia phlebophylla in Australia is no different. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. If we care about these plants, then we have to protect them.
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    Lophophora Research List

    Google Scholar has a a tonne for you to consider.
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    On Ngozumpa Glacier

    No idea, would love to know. Found at around 4,700 m on the longest glacier in Nepal.
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    Lions mane myc or yeast contam

    From memory, no. It's been a long time since I've grown it though, but it I don't recall it ever getting anything like oysters, for example. All the grain will have mycelium present, but not thick.
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    Lions mane myc or yeast contam

    Yeast isn't filamentous like that. That mycelium doesn't look unusual for H. erinaceous.
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    Ephedra gerardiana in Nepal

    Female, but immature cones. A little too early in the season for them to be mature.
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    Ephedra gerardiana in Nepal

    Just a few photos. Found on the outskirts of Manang, at around 3600 m At Tilicho Base Camp at around 4200 m. Small plants in the fresh snow at high altitude, at around 4800m, outside of Gokyo. As above. It was difficult to tell whether the yak was grazing on the Ephedra itself, or only the grass around it. Not the most palatable of plants.
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    RIP andyamine

    Been a long time since I've been on this forum, only just seeing this now. Literally a day too late for the camp it seems. Really sad news to hear. He was far too young to pass, particularly given the circumstances. Much love to all who were close with him.
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    EGA Ticket for sale $350

    Wish I could get the time off for this. So disappointing...
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    Chlorociboria aeruginascens

    Some shots of some Chlorociboria aeruginascens I found this morning. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me, only my phone.
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