Dr Kare Liimatainen

Future Leader Fellow


Accelerated Taxonomy


Fungal Diversity and Systematics


Taxonomy, fungi, Cortinariaceae , Agaricales, UK , Madagascar, phylogenomic, accelerate taxonomy, type specimens, barcoding.

Fungi are immensely important to our ecosystems but only a few percentages of global fungal diversity are known. My contribution to this problem is to concentrate on the key issues on taxonomy working with pace and with a large-scale focus as well as using the latest methods. Firstly, I am studying the higher-level classification of fungi using the latest phylogenomic approaches, i.e. targeted sequence capture. For species level taxonomy, I aim to improve the current workflows to efficiently describe new taxa.

I also heavily invest in stabilizing the nomenclature by sequencing type specimens. Finally, I am doing large scale DNA barcoding of fungarium specimens to produce reliable regional checklists for example for conservation purposes.

Currently I am focusing on global Cortinariaceae, Malagasy Marasmineae and UK fungi. The projects which I would be passionate to contribute to in the near future are:

  • A mass-scale sequencing and curation of our Fungarium’s type material
  • Creating databases for reliable AI-based species recognition
  • PhD, University of Helsinki, 2013

Liimatainen, K., Niskanen, T., Dima, B., Ammirati, J. F., Kirk, P. M., & Kytövuori, I. (2020).

Mission impossible completed: unlocking the nomenclature of the largest and most complicated subgenus of Cortinarius, Telamonia.

Fungal diversity 104: 291-331.

Varga, T., Krizsán, K., Földi, C., Dima, B., Sánchez-García, M., Sánchez-Ramírez, S., ... & Nagy, L. G. (2019).

Megaphylogeny resolves global patterns of mushroom evolution.

Nature ecology & evolution 3: 668-678.

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