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Dentinger, Bryn

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Job title: 

Senior Research Leader, Comparative Fungal Biology

Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Spanish (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA (Hons Biology), Macalester College (St Paul, MN), 2000
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 2007
  • Editorial Board, Kew Bulletin
  • Associate/Academic Editor: Mycologia, PeerJ

My role as Senior Research Leader is to conduct fundamental collections-based research on fungi using comparative methods. My research broadly addresses two overarching questions: What is the global diversity, distribution, and evolutionary history of fungi? How do fungi interact with other organisms and to what extent have they coevolved? To address these questions I take a variety of approaches that combine diverse disciplines, such as molecular ecology, comparative genomics, historical biogeography, coevolution, taxonomy, natural history, and conservation. Within these projects, I employ a variety of techniques, from simple field experiments to high throughput sequencing, microscopy and culturing to molecular phylogenetics.

Selected publications: 

Dentinger, B. T. M. & Suz, L. M. (2014). What’s for dinner?: Undescribed species of porcini from a commercial packet. PeerJ PrePrints  2:e423v2 Available online

Halling, R. E., Desjardin, D. E., Fechner, N., Arora, D., Soytong, K. & Dentinger, B. T. M. (2014). New porcini (Boletus sect. Boletus) from Australia and Thailand. Mycologia Available online

Dentinger, B. T. M., Didukh, M. Y., Moncalvo, J-M. (2011). Comparing COI and ITS as DNA barcode markers for mushrooms and allies (Agaricomycotina). PLoS ONE 6(9): e25081. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025081

Dentinger, B. T. M., Ammirati, J. F., Both, E. E., Desjardin, D. E., Halling, R. E., Henkel,T. W., Moreau, P-A., Nagasawa, E., Soytong, K., Taylor, A. F., Watling, R., Moncalvo, J-M., & McLaughlin, D. J. (2010). Molecular phylogenetics of porcini mushrooms (Boletus section Boletus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:1276-1292.

Dentinger, B. T. M., Lodge, D. J., Munkacsi, A. B., Desjardin, D. E. & McLaughlin, D. J. (2009). Phylogenetic placement of an unusual coral mushroom challenges the classic hypothesis of strict coevolution in the Apterostigma pilosum group ant-fungus mutualism. Evolution 63(8): 2172-2178.