Pepijn W. Kooij
Co-supervised with Ester Gaya
Meilinda is working on a project entitled "Understanding the Basidiomycete family: Agaricaceae." Agaricaceae is one of the most diverse families of basidiomycete fungi with a variety of morphological appearances, including the groups of agaricoid, secotioid, and gasteroid fungi. The classification of Agaricaceae has been changed over time and to date is still constantly changing. The latest classification based on the morphology and molecular studies recognised around 80 genera. In this project, Meilinda uses sequences of ITS, LSU, RPB2, and EF1-α from predominantly type species of each genus currently accepted in the family for phylogenetic reconstruction. The phylogeny of the family can be used to identify the relationship between the genera.
Meilinda graduated from the University of Mataram, Indonesia with a BSc in Biology and is now a master student at QMUL-Kew. She hopes to follow her interest in mycology into a future career.
Beatriz San Fabian
Co-supervised with Tuula Niskanen
Beatriz is a Spanish biologist who graduated by the University of Alicante, Spain, specializing in Agrobiology and Botany, and currently studying the MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Conservation course at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Queen Mary University of London. She is particularly interested in the taxonomical aspects of botany and mycology, and at the moment working in a research project with fungi species new to science of the genus Cortinarius. Cortinarius is one of the most diverse ectomycorrhizal genera of the Agaricales order and its species are of essential importance to the ecosystems as they have a central role in nutrient cycling. Boreal Cortinarius species are well known, however species of the Southern Hemisphere are severely understudied. Her research aims to contribute on the scientific knowledge of this former area of the Planet, by doing an extensive taxonomic and phylogenetic study of specimens from Nothofagus forests of the Argentinean Patagonia and Chile.
"Working with fungi was quite clear to me since it is a kingdom of essential importance, greatly diverse and that still needs so much work and attention to be put in."
Co-supervised with Lee Davies
Jacob's project involves a blue fungus collected in Madagascar which was given the informal identification of Entoloma hochstetteri. This fungus more commonly found in New Zealand was a perfect candidate for DNA identification via comparison with specimens from New Zealand. Using ITS sequences it will be compared to data from New Zealand. On top of this primary aim of identifying the specimen, using more specimens from the collection at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a phylogenetic tree will be constructed and the greater question of the species concept and the use of morphology in fungal identification will be discussed.
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