Paul F. Cannon

Senior Research Leader, Mycology

Summary

Job title: 
Senior Research Leader, Mycology
Department: 
Identification and Naming

Role

Our group has a focus on description, conservation and e-taxonomy of fungi, primarily from the UK. The fungi of our nation are immensely diverse, and despite 250-odd years of scientific study, dozens of new species are discovered each year. My own specialism is in leaf-inhabiting Ascomycota, a group of mainly micro-fungi that includes lichens and many plant parasites. I also have a particular interest in imaging of fungi.

Our current major conservation activity is the Lost & Found Fungi project, which supports the UK volunteer science community to carry out targeted searches for fungi that have rarely been recorded and may well be threatened.

Background

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons Botany), University of Reading, 1977
  • PhD, University of Reading, 1981
  • Bulletin Editor, British Lichen Society
  • Member of Council, British Mycological Society

Publications

Selected publications: 

Cannon, P. F., Damm, U., Johnston, P. R. & Weir, B. S. (2012).Colletotrichum – current status and future directions. Studies in Mycology 73: 181-213. Available online

Cannon, P. F., Buddie, A. G., Bridge, P. D., Lopez Castano, J., Neergard, E. de, Lübeck, M. & Askar, M. (2012). Lectera, a new genus of the Plectosphaerellaceae for the legume pathogen Volutella colletotrichoides.Mycokeys 3: 23–36. Available online

Cannon, P. F., Hywel-Jones, N. L., Maczey, N., Norbu, L., Tshitila, Samdup, T. & Lhendup, P. (2009). Steps towards sustainable harvest ofOphiocordyceps sinensis in Bhutan. Biodiversity and Conservation 18: 2263-2281. Available online

Kirk, P. M., Cannon, P. F., Minter, D. W. & Stalpers, J. A. (eds) (2008).Ainsworth & Bisby’s Dictionary of the Fungi edn 10, 771 pp. Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Cannon, P. F. & Kirk, P. M. (2007). Fungal Families of the World. CABI, 460 pp.