Fungal taxonomy and systematics
Mycology Team's target of research is the global diversity of fungi. Some estimates of the number of all species of fungi is about 1.5 million. Of these, only c. 70 000 species are currently known to science. The amount of species is enormous and the impact of these species to nature, its ecosystems and all life is crucial. Our researchers work on both Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes. The former ones are often microscopic saprophytes but also include most of the lichen-forming species. The latter ones are important components of the forest ecosystems and also include most of the edible fungi. Our focal topics have for long been systematics of lichens and systematics and ecology of polypores.
In addition to permanent herbarium staff a large number of postdoc and graduate students as well as visiting scientists, emeritus scientists and active amateurs work in the team. Mycology Team's contact information is found here. In addition, you can find us on social media:
See also our publications, described taxa and DNA resources.
• Lichen systematics and distribution | Teuvo Ahti
• Threatened and indicator fungi | Tea von Bonsdorff
• Basidiomycetes | Otto Miettinen
• Phylogeny and systematics of lichenized fungi | Leena Myllys
• Polypores | Tuomo Niemelä
• Systematics of ascomycetes | Soili Stenroos
Other researchers in Mycology Team
• Annina Launis
• Viacheslav Spirin