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Ainsworth, A Martyn

Job title: 

Senior Mycologist and Fungal Conservationist

Herbarium, Library, Art, and Archives
Joined Kew: 

2010 (joint post with Natural England, full transfer to Kew in 2013)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons Botany), University of Bristol, 1978
  • PhD (Mycology), University of Bath, 1984
  • Natural England's Senior Specialist for Fungi
  • Researches and monitors fungi of conservation importance in the UK
  • Provides expert identification for enquiries
  • Provides updates to the Checklist of British and Irish Basidiomycota
Selected publications: 

Ainsworth, A.M., Smith, J.H., Boddy, L., Dentinger, B.T.M., Jordan, M., Parfitt, D., Rogers, H.J. & Skeates, S.J. (2013). Red List of Fungi for Great Britain: Boletaceae. A pilot conservation assessment based on national database records, fruit body morphology and DNA barcoding. Species Status 14. JNCC Peterborough. Available online

Lodge D.J., Padamsee M., Matheny P.B., Aime M.C., Cantrell S.A., Boertmann D., Kovalenko A., Vizzini A., Dentinger B.T.M., Kirk P.M., Ainsworth A.M., Moncalvo J.-M., Vilgalys R., Larsson E., Lücking R., Griffith G.W., Smith M. E., Norvell L.L., Desjardin D.E., Redhead S.A., Ovrebo C.L., Lickey E.B., Ercole E., Hughes K.W., Courtecuisse R., Young, A., Binder, M., Minnis, A.M., Lindner, D.L., Ortiz-Santana, B., Haight, J., Læssøe, T., Baroni, T.J., Geml, J. & Hattori T. (2014). Molecular phylogeny, morphology, pigment chemistry and ecology in Hygrophoraceae (Agaricales). Fungal Diversity 64: 1-99. Available online

Ainsworth, A.M., Cannon, P.F., Dentinger. B.T.M. (2013). DNA barcoding and morphological studies reveal two new species of waxcap mushrooms (Hygrophoraceae) in Britain MycoKeys 7: 45-62 Available online

Spooner, B.M. & Ainsworth, A.M. (2014). The extinct, the extant and the excluded pt. 1: Clavariadelphus and a teratological form of Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca. Field Mycology 15: 51-52.

Ainsworth, A.M. (2014). The extinct, the extant and the excluded pt. 2: a reassessment of fungi published as extinct in England. Field Mycology 15: 53-56.

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