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Title: Fungi in Freshwaters: Prioritising Aquatic Hyphomycetes in Conservation Goals
Authors: Barros, Juliana 
Sahadevan, Seena 
Keywords: microfungi; biodiversity; IUCN; CBD; conservation strategies; macrofungi
Issue Date: 2022
Project: UIDB/04292/2020 
University of Coimbra contract (IT057-18-7254) 
Serial title, monograph or event: Water (Switzerland)
Volume: 14
Issue: 4
Abstract: Deprivation of protection for aquatic hyphomycetes is disturbing because they are key players in freshwater ecosystems across the globe. To attain a more holistic conservation paradigm for biodiversity in freshwaters, it is necessary to broaden our ecological perception of microfungi, mainly in aquatic hyphomycetes. A considerable groundwork still needs to be accomplished in progressing towards conserving aquatic hyphomycetes. Overcoming the paucity of information regarding the rare and endangered species, biogeography and above all, a global biodiversity database, would be a significant contribution in the initiation of an overarching conservation strategy for aquatic hyphomycetes. Being aware that the biodiversity decline in freshwaters is alarming, here we seek to explore why biodiversity data of aquatic hyphomycetes are missing. This article closely examines the threats to the biodiversity of aquatic hyphomycetes and freshwater ecosystems. Moving forward, we advocate a structured approach to gaining a thorough understanding to embrace aquatic hyphomycetes biodiversity into the conservation strategies. Including aquatic hyphomycetes in the conservation objectives may attract more funding opportunities for global surveys to initiate a fungal inclusive conservation era. Fungal conservation ventures can profit from interdisciplinary collaborations and cutting-edge science and technology, leading to informed decision making for biodiversity assessment and management.
ISSN: 2073-4441
DOI: 10.3390/w14040605
Rights: openAccess
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