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Bidartondo, Martin I.

Job title: 

Honorary Research Associate

Joined Kew: 


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Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BS, Univ. Alaska (Fairbanks), 1996
  • PhD, Univ. California (Berkeley), 2001.

Investigating fungal-plant symbioses employing molecular techniques.

Current areas of research (75% of appointment) include linking tree health to ectomycorrhizal communities under changing environmental conditions (supported by NERC, the Forestry Commission and Forest Research).  Teaching (15%) includes lecturing for MSc/MRes courses in Biosystematics at the Natural History Museum, in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation and in Forest Protection and Conservation at Silwood Park, and undergraduate Ecology and Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions.  Administrative duties (10%) include every aspect of the day-to-day running of a fungal molecular laboratory.

Selected publications: 

Collier, FA & Bidartondo, MI. (2009) Waiting for fungi: the ectomycorrhizal invasion of lowland heathlands. Journal of Ecology, doi 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2009.01544.x

Bidartondo, MI & Read, DJ. (2008) Fungal specificity bottlenecks during orchid germination and development. Molecular Ecology 17: 3707-3716.

Bidartondo, MI et al. (2008) Preserving accuracy in GenBank. Science 319: 1616.

Merckx, V & Bidartondo, MI. (2008) Breakdown and delayed cospeciation in the arbuscular mycorrhizal mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 1029-1035.

Waterman, RJ & Bidartondo, MI. (2008) Deception above, deception below: pollination and mycorrhizal biology of orchids. Journal of Experimental Botany 59: 1085-1096.