In our July 2019 issue we are shining a light on plant conservation, featuring a selection of research articles and a Briefly spotlight that provides a global overview of recent news stories on imperilled trees, rare flowers, technological advances in plant conservation, and more! The Plant conservation special section includes five articles on research being carried out to understand and safeguard species of threatened plants:

Behind the cover Forest ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and provide valuable ecosystem services, but are declining worldwide. Malus niedzwetzkyana, an Endangered wild relative of domesticated apples, is an important component of the walnut–fruit forests of Central Asia. Its iconic pink blossom and genetic properties give it special cultural and scientific significance, but livestock grazing and firewood collection threaten its survival. Population enhancement is required, in combination with increased protection of individuals in pristine sites. Access the full article here, and for a behind-the-scenes look at this fascinating research project read Brett Wilson’s blog.

Malus niedzwetzkyana flowers. Cover Photograph: Katerina Mashkevych/Shutterstock

This latest issue of Oryx also contains a special section on Rangers in conservation. Rangers play a vital role in many conservation organizations and projects around the world. Here, the authors of four featured articles explore aspects of rangers’ well-being, tactics, motivation and effectiveness in various conservation contexts.

Rangers at Ol Pejeta with anti-poacing tracking dog. Photo: Mwangi Kirubi/TNC

Editorial Bill Sutherland’s Editorial delves into the Japanese concept of kaizen—the quest for continuous improvement. Alongside examples of effective conservation measures there are many studies demonstrating ineffective conservation interventions. Evidence complacency, or ignoring existing evidence, can lead to ineffective techniques being used repeatedly, with dire consequences for conservation. Sutherland therefore advocates a collective commitment to identifying and delivering good practice, and argues that only by learning from past experience will we be able to achieve continual improvement going forward. Read the Editorial here.

Editor’s picks

Conservation news Our latest Conservation news section features nine stories, from turtle conservation in Myanmar and the trade of wild finches in Algeria, to efforts to halt the release of pangolins in China and the latest Whitley Award winners! Discover them here.

Publications For insights into recently published books on various aspects of conservation, check out our Publications section:

  • Social Science Theory for Environmental Sustainability: a Practical Guide
  • Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas
  • Conservation and Development in Uganda
  • Large Carnivore Conservation and Management—Human Dimensions

Grants and opportunities Find out about available funding and recognition for conservationists in our Grants & opportunities section:

Tony Whitten in eastern Indonesia in 2017. Photographer unknown.

Emma joined the Oryx team in 2018, having previously completed a BSc in Geography at the University of Sussex and an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. She has a keen interest in marine conservation and has experience working on sea turtle, coral reef, and tropical fish monitoring projects. Her previous research includes an ethological study on the impact of human enrichment on the welfare of captive giant Pacific octopus, and an investigation into the barriers to increased conservation involvement in European zoos.