Roy Halling webinar “Australian Boletes: from there to here”

We are currently hosting a monthly webinar lecture series of national and international mycologists and fungi experts.

The webinars are free for paid Fungimap members (click here if you would like to join), while non-members are requested to make a donation towards running costs. Each webinar must be booked in separately via TryBooking (use link below). The webinars are held over Zoom, and Zoom links will be sent out on the day. Details of our next webinar are as follows:

Australian Boletes: from there to here
Wednesday 24 February 2021
11.00am – 12.00noon (AEST-Melbourne time)
Speaker: Roy E. Halling
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Early reports of boletes occurring in Australia consisted of short published descriptions largely compiled by non-resident mycologists. Efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries mostly concentrated on Queensland with the goal of assembling records, recognising modern genera, rectifying nomenclature with placement of known specimens as well as the description of new taxa. Approximately 25 genera and well over 100 species have been documented. These numbers will certainly increase with current work in recording new species and new genera, coupled with taxonomic re-alignment, concept clarification, and reports of extended biogeographic distribution. The diverse array of these obligate mycorrhizal fungi illustrates some enigmatic biogeographical patterns.

Roy Halling is a Curator Emeritus of Mycology at the New York Botanical Garden, where he has carried out research on the classification, systematics, biogeography, and diversity of mushrooms. Roy has been involved in exploration, inventory, and documentation of fungal diversity via field work around the world in northern and southern temperate zones as well as the neo- and paleotropics. Field efforts in these areas have added substantially to general knowledge on tropical and temperate fungi. He has authored and co-authored over 120 scientific publications. Recently, explorations have emphasised surveys to document the diversity, evolutionary and mycorrhizal relationships, and distribution of the Boletineae (a suborder of porcini-like mushrooms). International collaboration with other specialists has been underway on systematics, biogeography and phylogeny of Bolete mushrooms with particular emphasis in Australia and SE Asia. Roy has mentored undergraduate interns, honours students, and four PhD candidates. He served the mycological community as President of the Mycological Society of America, a society from which he received recognition as a Fellow of the MSA and as a Distinguished Mycologist.

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