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Cleistocactus acanthurus The study included this beautiful species, whose genus is a metter of debate. Photo: Carlos OstolazaThe BCSS Research Sub-Committee invites applications for grants for research projects that will provide new information on the biology, propagation or cultivation of succulent plants. Research proposals with immediate and direct application to the interests of the BCSS membership are a priority. Grants will normally be limited to a maximum of £2,000, though larger grants will be considered for exceptional projects. For details of how to apply and the conditions associated with the grants please follow this link.

Over the last decade, the Society has supported many research projects, helping to gather fundamental knowledge about the succulent plants we love, and also to nurture specialists in the field to benefit both science and the hobby. Each project is summarised in either Cactus World or Bradleya so that members can learn about the discoveries.

One example of the huge range of activities we have funded is an on-going study to record the flora of the valleys of Peru. In his study of the cacti of the Chancay and Chillón river basins (Lima, Perú), Carlos Ostolaza led a team of 5 botanists over 6 days. They examined the species growing there, and discovered significant new populations of species that had not previously recorded from these valleys. Their study was reported in CactusWorld.

In another project based in Brazil, Marianna Rodrigues Santos, together with four other botanists, is examining Discocactus placentiformis and related species for morphological differences between plants and populations, in addition to their distribution patterns and how these have arisen, and what this may mean for future conservation requirements. View the presentation below to see some pictures of the habitat, plants and people involved.

 

 

 

Austrocylindropuntia pachypus. A charasmatic species found in the valleys. Photo: Carlos Ostolaza The Subcommittee judges projects on their scientific value and relevance to the interests of the Society's members. If you would like to contribute to the effort to understand species, how they grow and where they are threatened, you can do so by donating through PayPal. It doesn't matter how small your donation is - everything helps!

 

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