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Cannon, Paul F

Job title: 

Principal Mycologist (CABI)

Herbarium, Library, Art, and Archives
Joined Kew: 

2009 (jointly with CABI, full transfer to Kew in 2012)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons Botany), University of Reading, 1977
  • PhD, University of Reading, 1981

Research on species concepts in fungi, with especial reference to necrotrophic plant pathogens; Interdisciplinary studies on the systematics of Colletotrichum species, including physiological, biochemical and molecular characterization; Classification and characterization of biotrophic fungi, especially systematics of Phyllachoraceae and coevolution with plants; Methodology of biodiversity analysis, especially rapid sampling techniques; Contributions made by fungi to natural ecosystem function, especially with regard to degradation processes, multitrophic interactions involving fungi, and soil ecology; Relations between structure and function in fungi, particularly the study of convergent evolutionary processes; Classification of the higher groups of ascomycetes, and the integration of asexual morphs into fungal classifications.

Selected publications: 

Rojas, E.I., Rehner, S.A., Samuels, G.J., Van Bael, S.A., Herre, E.A., Cannon, P.F., Chen, R., Pang, J.-f., Wang, R.-w., Zhang, Y.-p. & Sha, T. (2010). Colletotrichum gloeosporioides s.l. associated with Theobroma cacao and other plants in Panama: multilocus phylogenies distinguish pathogen and endophyte clades. Mycologia 102: 1318-1338.

Hyde, K.D., Cai, L., Cannon, P.F., Crouch, J.A., Crous, P.W., Damm, U., Goodwin, P.H., Chen, H., Johnston, P.R., Jones, E.B.G., Liu, Z.Y., McKenzie, E.H.C., Moriwaki, J., Noireung, P., Pennycook, S.R., Pfenning, L.H., Prihastuti, H., Sato, T., Shivas, R.G., Tan, Y.P., Taylor, P.W.J., Weir, B.S., Yang, Y.L. & Zhang, J.Z. (2009). Colletotrichum – names in current use. Fungal Diversity 39: 147-182.

Damm, U., Woudenberg, J.H.C., Cannon, P.F. & Crous, P.W. (2009). Colletotrichum species with curved conidia from herbaceous hosts. Fungal Diversity 39: 45-87.

Cannon, P.F., Hywel-Jones, N.L., Maczey, N., Norbu, L., Tshitila, Samdup, T. & Lhendup, P. (2009). Steps towards sustainable harvest of Ophiocordyceps sinensis in Bhutan. Biodiversity and Conservation 18: 2263-2281.

Kirk, P.M., Cannon, P.F., Minter, D.W. & Stalpers, J.A. (eds) (2008). Ainsworth & Bisby’s Dictionary of the Fungi edn 10, 771 pp. Wallingford, UK: CABI.