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Ruben Walleyn was born in 1966 and since his childhood he was passionate and fascinated about everything in nature. His parents took him on walks and excursions and introduced him to the mushroom excursions of the Antwerpse Mycologische Kring (the Antwerp Mycological Society). Apart from a growing interest for mushrooms, his first love was with herpetology: reptiles and amphibians.
When Ruben started his studies of agronomic engineer in 1984, he also became member of various mycological societies in Flanders and finally obtained his diploma with a thesis on the genus Amanita in tropical Africa. He started his working career at the National Botanical Garden of Belgium where he published amongst others some literature reviews of edible and poisonous fungi in Africa (Walleyn & Rammeloo 1994, Rammeloo & Walleyn 1993). It was during that time that he met his future wife Annemieke Verbeken on a mycological excursion in the Ardennes. They quickly shared the same passion for mycology and Ruben transmitted her his growing interest for Lactarius and Russula. When Mieke started her PhD on Lactarius in Africa, Ruben has supported and helped her ever since with her study of the milk caps, first for Belgium, and later also for tropical Africa and Asia, a cooperation that has resulted in several joint publications.
In the meantime Ruben started working at the Institute for Nature Conservation, which became later the Institute of Nature and Forest Research, where he was responsible for the monitoring of forest reserves and mycological inventories, a job which he did with great enthusiasm and satisfaction. Very soon he became a leading figure in the mycological landscape in Flanders, not in the least because of his publication of a first red-list for macrofungi in Flanders (Walleyn & Verbeken 1999, publ. 2000) - Een gedocumenteerde Rode Lijst van enkele groepen paddestoelen (macrofungi) van Vlaanderen. Meded. Inst. Natuurbehoud 7: i-x, 1-84) and his recent publication of the Standaardlijst van Basidiomycota en Myxomycota van Vlaanderen en het Brussels Gewest (2006, downloadable at http://www.inbo.be/docupload/3062.pdf).
Ruben shared his mycological knowledge and passion for mushrooms with many people in and outside Europe, in many guided field trips, in mushrooms exhibitions and in various Internet forums. Because of his enthusiasm and warm-hearted nature, Ruben has stimulated both amateur and professional mycologists in Flanders to join forces and bring together their knowledge and field experience in these publications. His concern and dedication for mycology in Flanders was enormous and it is under his impulse that the various smaller Flemish associations finally fused this year into a single Flemish mycological society - the "Vlaamse Mycologische Vereniging" - of which he became the first president.
Full of plans and projects for the years to come, he was taken away abruptly and will be missed by many friends.
Recent publications dealing with Russulales
Verbeken, A. & Walleyn, R. (2010) – Lactarius. Fungus Flora of Tropical Africa. : 161 pp., 54 pl..
Buyck, B., Hofstetter, V., Verbeken, A. & Walleyn, R. (2010) – Prop. 1919: To conserve Lactarius nom. cons. (Basidiomycota) with a conserved type. Mycotaxon [IPNI] 111: 504-508.
Buyck, B., Hofstetter, V., Verbeken, A. & Walleyn, R. (2010) – (1919) Proposal to conserve Lactarius nom. cons. (Basidiomycota) with a conserved type. Taxon [IPNI] 59 (1): 295-296.
Adamcík, S., Christensen, M., Heilmann-Clausen, J. & Walleyn, R. (2007) – Fungal diversity in the Poloniny National Park with emphasis on indicator species of conservation value of beech forests in Europe. Czech Mycol. 59 (1): 67-81.
[Annotated list of species occurring in the park, including records and notes about Lactarius romagnesii and Russula aurora.]
Walleyn, R. & Le Jeune, G. (2005) – Zeldzame en miskende Russula's in Vlaanderen (2). Sterbeeckia 25: 13-21.
[Description, line drawings and photographs of Russula insignis, R. melliolens (with notes on its variability), R. melzeri, R. odorata, R. odorata var. lilacinicolor.]
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