Dr A Martyn Ainsworth

Research Leader


Identification and Naming




Researching fungal diversity, taxonomy, identification and conservation with a focus on Basidiomycota and British/European taxa

Biography Plus

My field-, laboratory- and collections-based role involves resolving taxonomic issues and identifying fungi with a principal focus on basidiomycetes and wood-inhabiting saprotrophs of relevance to a range of topical questions such as:

  • Which taxa occur in Britain and Europe and how is this changing over time?
  • What are the geographic distributions, ecological preferences and population structures of these taxa and their trends?
  • Which taxa should be red-listed, prioritised for action plans, protected  and monitored and how should these tasks be accomplished?
Qualifications and appointments Plus
  • BSc (Hons Botany), University of Bristol, 1978
  • PhD (Mycology), University of Bath, 1984
Selected publications Plus

Ainsworth, A.M., Smith, J.H., Boddy, L., Dentinger, B.T.M., Jordan, M., Parfitt, D., Rogers, H.J. & Skeates, S.J. (2013)

Red List of Fungi for Great Britain: Boletaceae. A pilot conservation assessment based on national database records, fruit body morphology and DNA barcoding

Species Status 14. JNCC Peterborough. Available online

Lodge D.J., Padamsee M., Matheny P.B., Aime M.C., Cantrell S.A., Boertmann D., Kovalenko A., Vizzini A., Dentinger B.T.M., Kirk P.M.,Ainsworth A.M., Moncalvo J.-M., Vilgalys R., Larsson E., Lücking R., Griffith G.W., Smith M. E., Norvell L.L., Desjardin D.E., Redhead S.A., Ovrebo C.L., Lickey E.B., Ercole E., Hughes K.W., Courtecuisse R., Young, A., Binder, M., Minnis, A.M., Lindner, D.L., Ortiz-Santana, B., Haight, J., Læssøe, T., Baroni, T.J., Geml, J. & Hattori T. (2014)

Molecular phylogeny, morphology, pigment chemistry and ecology in Hygrophoraceae (Agaricales)

Fungal Diversity 64: 1-99. Available online

Ainsworth, A.M., Cannon, P.F., Dentinger. B.T.M. (2013)

DNA barcoding and morphological studies reveal two new species of waxcap mushrooms (Hygrophoraceae) in Britain 

MycoKeys 7: 45-62. Available online

Spooner, B.M. & Ainsworth, A.M. (2014)

The extinct, the extant and the excluded pt. 1: Clavariadelphus and a teratological form of Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca

Field Mycology 15: 51-52

Ainsworth, A.M. (2014)

The extinct, the extant and the excluded pt. 2: a reassessment of fungi published as extinct in England

Field Mycology 15: 53-56

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