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Contributors to this website:

Bart Buyck

Marco Floriani

Jorinde Nuytinck

Alessio Pierotti

Annemieke Verbeken

Slavomir Adamcik

People involved in the study of Russulales:

Arpalice Alpago Novello

Maria Teresa Basso

Marcel Bon

Glenn Boyd

Emanuele Campo

Giuseppe Donelli

Ursula Eberhardt

Huyen Le Thanh

Teresa Lebel

Claude Lejeune

David Lewis

Per Marstad

Luciano Michelin

Steven Miller

Donna Mitchell

Leticia Montoya Bello

Pierre-Arthur Moreau

Angelo Moron

Machiel Noordeloos

Miquel A. Pérez-De-Gregorio

Patrick Reumaux

Juhani Ruotsalainen

Mauro Sarnari

Dirk Stubbe

Kobeke Van de Putte

Jukka Vauras

Jan Vesterholt

Ruben Walleyn

Xiang-Hua Wang

Gerhard Weber

Benjamin Woo

Teresa Lebel

National Herbarium of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
3141 Victoria Australia

I admit it. I have a slightly skewed view of the world. On a walk in the bush, park or garden my focus is on a group of organisms that many people walk on, step over, kick, note only fleetingly as a patch of disturbed ground or determinedly try to eradicate. Fungi are everywhere we go.

I was fortunate in having an inspiring undergraduate teacher who introduced me to the fungi in 2nd year — and I've never been the same since! Such amazing diversity in form, size, colour, texture and substrate mean that I and many others will be happily fossicking around for a long time enjoying their beauty and trying to understand why they occur where they do and who they are related to. The inter-relationships between plants, animals and fungi has proved fascinating; in particular the hypogeal or truffle and truffle-like fungi continue to intrigue me.

I was very fortunate that a position for a mycologist became available at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in 1999. While I was hopeful, I never really expected to be able to come back to Australia and continue taxonomic and systematic research, with a little ecology thrown in for good measure. I hope to be able to answer some of the questions I had so many years ago and also generate a hundred more!

Recent publications dealing with Russulales

Lebel, T. & Tonkin, J.E. (2007) – Australasian species of Macowanites are sequestrate species of Russula (Russulaceae, Basidiomycota). Austral. Syst. Bot. [IPNI] 20: 355-381.

Lebel, T. (2003) – Australasian sequestrate (truffle-like) fungi. XIV. Gymnomyces (Russulales, Basidiomycota). Austral. Syst. Bot. [IPNI] 16 (3): 401-426.

Lebel, T. (2003) – Australasian sequestrate (truffle-like) fungi. XIII. Cystangium (Russulales, Basidiomycota). Austral. Syst. Bot. [IPNI] 16 (3): 371-400.

Lebel, T. (2002) – A new species of Zelleromyces (Russulales) from Australia. Australas. Mycol. [IPNI] 21 (1): 4-8.

[Description of Zelleromyces dendriticus.]

Lebel, T. & Castellano, M.A. (2002) – Type studies of sequestrate Russulales II. Australian and New Zealand species related to Russula. Mycologia [IPNI] 94 (2): 327-354.

[Description of Cystangium balpineum, Cystangium crichtonii, (= Arcangeliella crichtonii, comb. nov.), Cystangium phymatodisporum, Elasmomyces hepaticus (= Arcangeliella hepatica, comb. nov.), Gymnomyces eildonensis, Gymnomyces megasporus (= Cystangium megasporum, comb. nov.), Gymnomyces pallidus, Gymnomyces seminudus (= Cystangium seminudum, comb. nov.), Gymnomyces solidus, Gymnomyces wirrabarensis, Hydnangium tomentosum (= Macowanites tomentosus, comb. nov.), Macowanites carmineus, Macowanites luteiroseus, Octaviania redolens (= Gymnomyces redolens), Secotium rodwayi (= Cystangium rodwayi), Secotium sessile (= Cystangium sessile), Gymnomyces flavus, Hydnangium australiense, Octaviania alveolata, Octaviania socialis, Secotium lamingtonense, Secotium sessile var. textum.]