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Poroid fungi from Korup National Park, Cameroon - COMPLETED 2006

This project developed from the mycological surveys in Korup, the best known of all Cameroon's National Parks, by Peter Roberts. The collaborator, Prof. Leif Ryvarden of Oslo University, is the leading world specialist in poroid fungi. Poroid bracket fungi are among the most prominent of forest fungi, often producing large, perennially visible fruiting bodies. They are ecologically important as the main decomposers of dead and fallen wood, hence forming an essential part of the forest nutrient recycling system.

No enumeration of the poroid and related basidiomycetous fungi of Cameroon or adjoining areas previously existed. This project identified all the available material of the group, which is primarily from Korup, arising from the surveys of Roberts, supplemented by specimens gathered by other Kew staff and collaborators. However, material from the rest of Cameroon will be included and details will be given of the known African distribution for each species. The result will be an authoritatively named, specimen-based annotated checklist. All specimens have been databased.

The project has been completed with publication of papers on the poroid fungi and of related groups as listed below:

  • Roberts, P. & Ryvarden, L. (2006). Poroid fungi from Korup National Park, Cameroon. Kew Bulletin 61: 55-78.
  • Roberts, P. (2001). Heterobasidiomycetes from Korup National Park, Cameroon. Kew Bulletin 56:163-187.
  • Roberts, P. (2000). Corticioid fungi from Korup National Park, Cameroon. Kew Bulletin 55: 803-842.
  • Roberts, P. (1999). Clavarioid fungi from Korup National Park, Cameroon. Kew Bulletin 54: 517-539.

Project partners and collaborators

University of Oslo

Project team

Martin Cheek
Jodrell Laboratory
Peter Roberts
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