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Welcome to FunDive!

Our main objective is to firmly establish fungi on the European biodiversity map and enhance conservation efforts. Fungi play a pivotal role in ecosystems but are often neglected in monitoring and conservation planning.

FunDive will combine citizen science, AI tools, sporocarp- and eDNA- based monitoring and in order to develop methodologies for monitoring and mapping of fungal biodiversity. In addition we will work to enhance DNA based backbones for fungal identification. We adhere to FAIR principles for data management and plan to share all data, findings and methods with the science community, governmental and non-governmental organizations working with conservation.

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FunDive will

  • Improve identification of and unambiguous communication on fungal species

    To secure unambiguous communication on fungal species across different monitoring and research approaches by linking fungal names to DNA sequences via DNA barcoding of type material, and providing this knowledge on open platforms.

  • Enhance AI tools for fungal monitoring

    To research and develop state-of-the-art AI-based fungal species identification tools and link them directly to open data repositories with DNA-sequenced specimens.

  • Involve citizen scientists in biodiversity discovery and monitoring

    To build on experiences from national citizen science projects and mycological societies to develop a transnational collaboration network to explore fungal biodiversity by combining structured missions, synchronized sampling, DNA sequencing, and AI tools.

  • Sample fungal communities by environmental DNA

    To assess how eDNA can be used to monitor fungal diversity, as compared to recording of sporcarps and thalli, with a special focus on rare and threatened species. Supplement citizen science data with cross-European standardised eDNA sampling to identify fungal biodiversity hotspots in Europe.

  • Investigate fungal diversity and uniquity based on existing and de novo data

    To explore how, and to what extent, eDNA and citizen science data provide robust insights into spatiotemporal patterns of fungal diversity, their environmental drivers and the utility of existing conservation measures.

Let’s put fungi on a map!

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