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Spooner, Brian (Retired)

Job title: 

Honorary Research Associate

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Univ. London, 1972
  • PhD, Univ. Reading, 1984.
  • Editorial board and Book Review Editor, Kew Bulletin
  • Council, Ray Society.

Systematics of temperate and tropical fungi (Ascomycota), with special interest in Asia and Australasia.

Responsibility for management and development of the Mycology Section. Research is focused on the systematics of discomycete groups (Ascomycotina: Helotiales, Leotiales, Pezizales) worldwide, including monographic and regional studies. Current research is concentrated on Australasia (resulting from collaborative, externally-funded projects), as well as the Azores, Antarctica, and the UK. UK projects currently include maintenance and updating of the web-based version of the recently published multi-funded Checklist & Database of British & Irish Basidiomycota, preparation of a textbook on the club- and coral-fungi (Basidiomycota), and a revision of the genus Otidea (Pezizales). A web-based checklist and bibliography of Antarctic fungi (jointly authored in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey) has been finalised and is maintained at BAS, and a review paper on Antarctic fungi is currently being drafted.

Selected publications: 

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

Bridge, P.D., Spooner, B.M., Beever, R.E. & Park, D.-C. (2008). Taxonomy of the fungus commonly known as Stropharia aurantiaca, with new combinations in Leratiomyces. Mycotaxon 103: 109 – 121.

Spooner, B.M. & Kemp, S. (2005). Epichloë in Britain. Mycologist 19: 82 – 87.

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

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.