Qualifications & Appointments
BSc (Hons Botany), University of Bristol, 1978
PhD (Mycology), University of Bath, 1984
Natural England's Senior Specialist for Fungi; researches and monitors fungi of conservation importance in the UK, provides expert identification for enquiries, provides updates to the Checklist of British and Irish Basidiomycota
- Checklist of British and Irish Basidiomycota: Web Version and Revised Edition
- Field survey for Section 41 fungi
- Fungal DNA barcoding
- Plant Diversity Challenge: the Official UK Response to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
- UK BAP stipitate hydnoid morphological and molecular taxonomy
- Waxtongue – UK fungi of conservation concern
Selected Recent Publications
Ainsworth, A.M., Woods, A., McVeigh, A. & Carey, J. Rediscovery of ‘Extinct’ British rusts: Puccinia bulbocastani on Great Pignut and P. libanotidis on Moon Carrot. Field Mycology, 12, 42-48, 106-107.
Boddy, L., Crockatt, M.E. & Ainsworth, A.M. (2010). Ecology of Hericium cirrhatum, H. coralloides and H. erinaceus. Fungal Ecology, 4, 163-173.
Spooner, B.M. & Ainsworth, A.M. (2010). Recent collections of Puccinia scirpi and other rare gall-causing rusts. Cecidology, 26, 33 – 35.
Crockatt, M.E., Campbell, A., Allum, L., Ainsworth, A.M. & Boddy, L. (2010). The rare oak polypore Piptoporus quercinus: Population structure, spore germination and growth. Fungal Ecology, 3, 94 – 106.
Ainsworth, A.M., Parfitt, D., Rogers, H.J. & Boddy, L. (2010). Cryptic taxa within European species of Hydnellum and Phellodon revealed by combined molecular and morphological analysis. Fungal Ecology, 3, 65 – 80.