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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.]
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