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Ainsworth, A Martyn

Job title: 

Research Leader, Mycology

Identification and Naming
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons Botany), University of Bristol, 1978
  • PhD (Mycology), University of Bath, 1984

My field-, laboratory- and collections-based role involves resolving taxonomic issues and identifying fungi with a principal focus on basidiomycetes and wood-inhabiting saprotrophs of relevance to a range of topical questions such as:

  • Which taxa occur in Britain and Europe and how is this changing over time?
  • What are the geographic distributions, ecological preferences and population structures of these taxa and their trends?
  • Which taxa should be red-listed, prioritised for action plans, protected  and monitored and how should these tasks be accomplished?
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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