fungi

Enlightening the Australian “dark” Fungi: Linking DNA barcodes to fungal names.

Camille Truong (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria); Luke Vaughan (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria); Gareth Holmes (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria); Miranda Boyle (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria); Tom W. May (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria). eDNA metabarcoding of Fungi has revolutionized our views of biodiversity and enables monitoring of ecosystem functions and soil health across all groups of Fungi. Currently, …

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The velvet parachute (Marasmius elegans): a surprisingly variable species across its range with an uncanny QLD doppelganger.

Frances E. Guard (University of Southern Queensland); John Dearnaley (University of Southern Queensland); Teresa Lebel (State Herbarium of South Australia). 1. First described in SA by John Cleland in 1933, Marasmius elegans has been recorded across southern Australia and in New Zealand. Specimens from southeast Queensland were generally less robust and considered a possible second species. The first QLD …

The velvet parachute (Marasmius elegans): a surprisingly variable species across its range with an uncanny QLD doppelganger. Read More »

Confirming the identity of a toxic exotic Lepiota.

Teresa Lebel (Botanic Gardens & State Herbarium of South Australia); Pamela Catcheside (Hon. Assoc., Botanic Gardens & State Herbarium of South Australia). Identifying toxic mushrooms can be problematic as the remnants left after ingestion are often fragmentary and in poor condition. While microscopic examination can help narrow down possible genera, it is often difficult to determine …

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Rise up, Rhizoctonia: moving to one fungus, one name in the Cejpomycetaceae (Agaricomycetes; Cantharellales).

Ryan P. O’Donnell (Australian National University); Tom W. May (Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria); Celeste C. Linde (Australian National University). Cejpomycetaceae is a family of cryptic basidiomycetous fungi, most notable for the plant pathogens known under generic names such as Rhizoctonia, Ceratobasidium, Thanatephorus and Ceratorhiza. While responsible for billions of dollars in crop losses annually, members of these …

Rise up, Rhizoctonia: moving to one fungus, one name in the Cejpomycetaceae (Agaricomycetes; Cantharellales). Read More »

A new species of endophytic Coprinopsis from subtropical rainforest in south-east Queensland.

Brooke Raphael (School of Agriculture and Environmental Science, University of Southern Queensland); Eliza J. Whiteside (University of Southern Queensland); Mark Lynch (University of Southern Queensland); John Dearnaley (University of Southern Queensland). Endophytic fungi are microbes that occur in plant tissues without enacting disease symptoms. Fungal endophytes are not well studied in Australia, and little is …

A new species of endophytic Coprinopsis from subtropical rainforest in south-east Queensland. Read More »

Mycorrhizal associations: biotic correlates of phylogenetic dispersion patterns in the Sunshine Coast Heathlands, Queensland, Australia?

Hilary R. Pearl (University of the Sunshine Coast); Alison Shapcott (University of the Sunshine Coast). This study provides the first overview of mycorrhizal functional groups in Queensland Sunshine Coast heathlands, a community of low phylogenetic diversity. Broad proportions of mycorrhizal functional groups in the heathlands were compared with patterns in the surrounding rainforest flora, and across …

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Soil-mediated effects of Eucalyptus viminalis dieback on plant performance and associations with mycorrhizal assemblages.

S.Ayyub (Division of Ecology and Evolution, Research School of Biology, Australian National University); C. Linde (Division of Ecology and Evolution, Research School of Biology, Australian National University); B. Gooden (CSIRO, Health & Biosecurity).   Various factors may be associated with Eucalyptus dieback in Australia. To investigate Eucalyptus viminalis woodlands’ soil-mediated effects on plant performance, we conducted a greenhouse experiment …

Soil-mediated effects of Eucalyptus viminalis dieback on plant performance and associations with mycorrhizal assemblages. Read More »

Serendipita fungi from Australian orchids as possible barley root endophytes.

H.A. C. Nisha (Australian National University); J.D.W. Dearnaley (University of Southern Queensland); C.C. Linde (Australian National University). Serendipita (syn Piriformospora) indica has been shown to be an effective root endophyte, plant growth promotor, and inducer of disease resistance in a number of plant systems. Australia is rich in Serendipita species which have a mycorrhizal association with orchids.  The aim of this study …

Serendipita fungi from Australian orchids as possible barley root endophytes. Read More »

Undescribed fungal diversity: documenting Australia’s little brown mushrooms.

Luke J. Vaughan (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and University of Melbourne); Samuel Craig (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Monash University); Gareth D. Holmes (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria); Camille Truong (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria); Jo Birch (University of Melbourne); Tom W. May (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria). Documenting species is critical for understanding biological diversity and facilitating research on the …

Undescribed fungal diversity: documenting Australia’s little brown mushrooms. Read More »

Mycorrhizal associations: biotic correlates of phylogenetic dispersion patterns in the Sunshine Coast Heathlands, Queensland, Australia?

Hilary R. Pearl (University of the Sunshine Coast); Alison Shapcott (University of the Sunshine Coast). This study provides the first overview of mycorrhizal functional groups in Queensland Sunshine Coast heathlands, a community of low phylogenetic diversity. Broad proportions of mycorrhizal functional groups in the heathlands were compared with patterns in the surrounding rainforest flora, and across …

Mycorrhizal associations: biotic correlates of phylogenetic dispersion patterns in the Sunshine Coast Heathlands, Queensland, Australia? Read More »

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