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Dentinger, Bryn

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Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

basic Spanish

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

Manage the Mycology section and conduct research on systematics of fungi, especially Basidiomycota (British and tropical species) with an emphasis on topics related to conservation, restoration ecology and climate change. Research is focused on molecular systematics and DNA barcoding of mushrooms and allies (Agaricomycotina), with a particular emphasis on taxa from tropical regions, and on ecology and evolution of fungus-insect interactions. Specialties include systematics of boletes (Boletaceae, especially porcini and allies) and coral fungi (Pterulaceae and Clavariaceae), and coevolution of Pterulaceae and fungus-farming ants.

Selected publications: 

Dentinger BTM, Suz LM (2014) What’s for dinner?: Undescribed species of porcini from a commercial packet. PeerJ PrePrints  2:e423v2 Available online

Halling RE, Desjardin DE, Fechner N, Arora D, Soytong K, Dentinger BTM (2014) New porcini (Boletus sect. Boletus) from Australia and Thailand. Mycologia Available online

Dentinger BTM, Didukh MY, 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, BTM, JF Ammirati, EE Both, DE Desjardin, RE Halling, TW Henkel, P-A Moreau, E Nagasawa, K Soytong, AF Taylor, R Watling, J-M Moncalvo, and DJ McLaughlin. (2010). Molecular phylogenetics of porcini mushrooms (Boletus section Boletus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:1276-1292.

Dentinger, BTM, DJ Lodge, AB Munkacsi, DE Desjardin, and DJ McLaughlin. (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.