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Roberts, Peter (retired)

Job title: 

Taxonomic Mycologist - RETIRED STAFF

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA, Univ. Keele 1972
  • MA, Univ. Keele 1974
  • PhD, King's College, Univ. London 1998.
  • Editorial board, Czech Mycology
  • Editorial board, Field Mycology
  • Editorial board, Mycological Progress
  • Editorial board, Persoonia

Taxonomy of British and overseas heterobasidioid, corticioid, and clavarioid basidiomycetes, with particular interest in Cameroon and the Caribbean area.

Research focuses on the systematics of heterobasidioid, corticioid, and clavarioid fungi worldwide. In progress are studies on heterobasidioid fungi from the Greater Antilles and Belize (two papers published, two in press) partly through an NSF-funded project to produce basic identification manuals for local scientists; studies on basidiomycetes from Cameroon (four papers published) as part of the Korup Project biodiversity inventory; and a monographic guide to the clavarioid and ramarioid fungi of the British Isles (joint authorship). Research also includes joint studies of heterobasidioid, corticioid, and clavarioid fungi from Australia (Kimberley Region) and the Azores, as well as co-authorship of a checklist of Antarctic fungi (with the British Antarctic Survey).

Selected publications: 

Hjortstam, K., Roberts, P. & Spooner, B.M. (2009). Corticioid Fungi from the Kimberley Region, Western Australia. Kew Bulletin 64: 353 – 368.

Roberts, P. (2008). Heterobasidiomycetes from Belize. Kew Bulletin 63: 87 – 99.

Roberts, P. (2006). Caribbean heterobasidiomycetes: 2. Jamaica. Mycotaxon 96: 83 – 107.

Roberts, P. & Ryvarden, L. (2006). Poroid fungi from Korup National Park, Cameroon. Kew Bulletin 61: 55 – 78.

Legon, N.W., Henrici, A., Roberts, P.J., Spooner, B.M. & Watling, R. (2005). Checklist of the British and Irish Basidiomycota. Kew: RBG Kew. 517 pp.

Spooner, B. & Roberts, P. (2005). New Naturalist: Fungi. London: HarperCollins. 594 pp.