Arun Kumar Dutta

Arun Kumar Dutta
Gauhati University | G.U. · Department of Botany

Ph.D. (Mycology)

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Introduction
Loss of Biodiversity is a silent crisis. So dedicated myself to explore ‘Macrofungal Diversity’ of India with special focus on the Marasmioid and Gymnopoid fungi based on Morphological and Molecular features..
Additional affiliations
October 2021 - present
Gauhati University
Position
  • Assistant Professor
July 2018 - September 2021
West Bengal State University
Position
  • DST-Inspire Faculty Fellow
May 2014 - May 2016
West Bengal Biodiversity Board
West Bengal Biodiversity Board
Position
  • Senior Research Fellow
Description
  • Studies on Diversity and Ecology of Macrofungi in Gangetic Plains of West Bengal
Education
May 2012 - December 2017
University of Calcutta
Field of study
  • Mycology & Plant Pathology
April 2008 - April 2010
University of Calcutta
Field of study
  • Botany
January 2005 - January 2008
University of Kalyani
Field of study
  • Botany

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Publications (89)
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Clitocybula albida is described from West Bengal, India. A comprehensive description, photographs, and comparisons with morphologically similar and phylogenetically related species are provided. Molecular phylogenetic analyses based on ITS sequences coupled with morphology confirmed the placement of this species in Clitocybula. © 2017 J. Cramer in...
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The state West Bengal, India was thoroughly investigated and a total of ten specimens belonging to the genus Chlorophyllum was collected. Detailed morphological and molecular studies revealed that the collected specimens were distributed over three species among which two viz. Chlorophyllum hortense and C. molybdites were previously known from the...
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Two new species, Leucoagaricus tropicus and Leucoagaricus brunneodiscus, are described from West Bengal, Eastern India, based on morphological details and phylogenetic analyses. Leucoagaricus tropicus is characterized by its white, medium-sized pileus with a brown to dark brown umbo, a white stipe that directly changes to brownish-red or brown on b...
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A new species, Volvariella bilobata, has been described herein from West Bengal, India. Field photographs of the basidiocarps were provided and the new species were compared with its allied taxa based on morphological and molecular (nrITS sequence) data. Volvariella bilobata was characterized by a medium sized, entirely greyish brown pileus with fi...
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A literature-based checklist of macrofungi occurring in North East India is provided. It consists of 733 species of macrofungi distributed over 267 genera under 21 orders and 94 families. The relevant information provided herein is based on 86 papers and six doctoral theses. The geographical distribution of the reports covers eight states of North...
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Murinicarpus subadustus described from China is the only species of the genus Murinicarpus (Polyporales, Basidiomycota). There is no other report of this genus from any other country except China. Here, we report M. subadustus as a novelty to the macrofungal biota of India. This unique species is identified based on morphological features and nrDNA...
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This is the seventh in a series of Mycosphere notes in which we provide notes on the collection of fungi isolated from various hosts. In this set of notes, we introduce Pseudophialocephala as a new genus, nine new species, 27 new host or country records and five new combinations. The new species are Ceratosphaeria yunnanensis, Cytospora salicis-alb...
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Two new species of Agaricus, namely A. midnapurensis and A. purpureosquamulosus, belonging to A. subg. Minores, are proposed here as new to science based on specimens collected in West Bengal, India. Agaricus midnapurensis is distinguished by its medium-sized basidiomata with a pileus covered by greyish brown to brown or dark brown squamules, ellip...
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This article is the 13th contribution in the Fungal Diversity Notes series, wherein 125 taxa from four phyla, ten classes, 31 orders, 69 families, 92 genera and three genera incertae sedis are treated, demonstrating worldwide and geographic distribution. Fungal taxa described and illustrated in the present study include three new genera, 69 new spe...
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The cosmopolitan fungal genus Ganoderma is an important pathogen on arboreal plant hosts, particularly in tropical and temperate regions. It has long been used as a traditional medicine because of its medicinal properties and chemical constituents. In this study, Ganoderma collections were made in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), encompassing tr...
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We describe a new species of Rhodocybe, R. brunneoaurantiaca, from West Bengal, India. Field photographs of the collected basidiocarps are provided and the new species is compared with its allied taxa based on morphological and molecular (nrITS and nrLSU sequence) data. Rhodocybe brunneoaurantiaca is characterized by clitocyboid basidiomata with a...
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Species of Trametes are important wood decomposers in natural ecosystems and they have been widely used as traditional medicines in Asia. In order to assess the fungal biodiversity of the Greater Mekong Subregion, surveys of Trametes were conducted in Laos. In this paper, Trametes cubensis is introduced as a new record from Laos based on morphology...
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This is a facsimile version of the supplementary data that accompany the published article ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1541-4337.12708 ). The original version is available from Comprehensive Reviews in Food Safety and Food Security.
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The paper has now been published and is open access. https://doi.org/10.1111/1541-4337.12708 A full list of global species has been added this entry (also available as supplementary information for the review article). Wild mushrooms are a vital source of income and nutrition for many poor communities and of value to recreational foragers. Litera...
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There were errors in the name of author László G. Nagy and in affiliation no. 31 in the original publication. The original article has been corrected.
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The cryptic lifestyle of most fungi necessitates molecular identiication of the guild in environmental studies. Over the past decades, rapid development and afordability of molecular tools have tremendously improved insights of the fungal diversity in all ecosystems and habitats. Yet, in spite of the progress of molecular methods, knowledge about f...
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An interesting bioluminescent fungus growing on dead bamboo stems was collected from bamboo forests in the East Khasi and West Jayantia Hills Districts of Meghalaya, Northeast India. Both morphological characteristics and phylogenetic analyses of nrITS and nrLSU regions showed that the bioluminescent fungus belongs to the genus Roridomyces and is a...
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The cosmopolitan Ganoderma is an important pathogen on arboreal plant hosts. Ganoderma is particularly diverse in tropical and temperate regions. It has long been used as traditional medicine because of its beneficial medicinal properties and chemical constituents. In this study, Ganoderma collections were made in tropical regions of Laos, Myanmar,...
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Tulostoma squamosum is reported for the first time from India. A comprehensive macro-morphological description, field photographs along with microscopic observations, and comparisons with morphologically similar and phylogenetically related taxa are provided. Nucleotide sequence comparison and an estimation of evolutionary divergence between Tulost...
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The Basidiomycota constitutes a major phylum of the kingdom Fungi and is second in species numbers to the Ascomycota. The present work provides an overview of all validly published, currently used basidiomycete genera to date in a single document. An outline of all genera of Basidiomycota is provided, which includes 1928 currently used genera names...
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This article is the ninth in the series of Fungal Diversity Notes, where 107 taxa distributed in three phyla, nine classes, 31 orders and 57 families are described and illustrated. Taxa described in the present study include 12 new genera, 74 new species, three new combinations, two reference specimens, a re-circumscription of the epitype, and 15 r...
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The present paper deals with the report of six poroid woody macro fungi belonging to the family Ganodermataceae from West Bengal in India. The taxonomic account of these collected fungi is represented herein with detailed macro- and micro-morphological features.
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Agaricus duplocingulatoides (Agaricaceae, Agaricales, Basidiomycota) is proposed here as new to science based on collections made from West Bengal, Eastern India. The morphological features together with molecular data confirms its placement in Agaricus sect. Brunneopicti within Agaricus subg. Pseudochitonia. A comprehensive description, illustrati...
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The present article reports five heterobasidiomycetous taxa, viz., Dacryopinax spathularia (Dacrymycetaceae), Exidia glandulosa, Pseudohydnum gelatinosum (Exidiaceae), Tremella fuciformis, and T. mesenterica (Tremellaceae), based on collections made from West Bengal, India, with their morpho-anatomical details. Dacryopinax spathularia is reported f...
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Objectives: Oudemansiella canarii is an edible mushroom highly appreciated throughout the world due to its being a gastronomic delicacy. To date, no extensive work has been reported on the pharmacological or antioxidative aspects of this macrofungus. The present study focuses on the micromorphological features, confirmation of its identity based o...
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The saprophytic fungus genus Cryptomarasmius has 28 reported species worldwide. We report here the first record of Cryptomarasmius exustoides in India, extending the distribution of Cryptomarasmius. A detailed taxonomic description with illustrations, and phylogenetic analysis with related species are provided.
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A new species of Trogia (Marasmiaceae, Basidiomycota) is described from West Bengal, India. Analysis of the molecular sequence (nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer region) data suggests that T. benghalensis is phylogenetically distinct from its closely related species. Comprehensive description based on macro- and microscopic characters,...
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Ongoing studies have suggested that there is enormous macrofungal diversity in West Bengal due to its unique geo-climatic setting. The present paper reports five macrofungi viz. Cortinarius iodes, Xerula radicata, Phylloporus bellus, Crepidotus mollis and Macrocybe gigantea collected from different geographical regions of West Bengal, India and are...
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Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Australia: Banksiophoma australiensis (incl. Banksiophoma gen. nov.) on Banksia coccinea, Davidiellomyces australiensis (incl. Davidiellomyces gen. nov.) on Cyperaceae, Didymocyrtis banksiae on Banksia sessilis var. cygnorum, Disculoides calophyllae on C...
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Mushrooms have been prized by humankind as medicine and culinary wonder since antiquity. Though several species are ethnically valued; many prospective species are still being discovered. One such wild macrofungus has recently been discovered during subsequent field surveys in West Bengal, India which in turn exposed as a traditionally consumed pop...
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Five members of Agaricomycetes [Amylosporus campbellii (Russulales, Bondarzewiaceae), Coltricia cinnamomea (Hymenochaetales, Hymenochaetaceae), Laetiporus sulphureus (Polyporales, Fomitopsidaceae), Podoscypha petalodes (Polyporales, Meruliaceae) and Pycnoporus sanguineus (Polyporales, Polyporaceae)] were collected from different parts of West Benga...
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Five members of Agaricales (Agrocybe pediades, Calocybella swetha, Cantharocybe virosa, Lepiota echinacea, and Oudemansiella canarii) were collected from different parts of West Bengal, India and are reported herein with detailed morphological characters. Literature survey revealed that all of the collected taxa represent their first distributional...
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Entoloma albotomentosum (Entolomataceae) which belongs to the Entoloma subgenus Claudopus is recorded here for the first time from India. A comprehensive description, illustrations and comparison with morphologically and phylogenetically related species are provided.
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Gymnopilus purpureosquamulosus Høil (Strophariaceae) is reported for first time from India. A comprehensive description, a photograph, and comparisons with morphologically similar and phylogenetically related species are provided.
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This is a continuity of a series of taxonomic and phylogenetic papers on the fungi where materials were collected from many countries, examined and described. In addition to extensive morphological descriptions and appropriate asexual and sexual connections, DNA sequence data are also analysed from concatenated datasets to infer phylogenetic relati...
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West Bengal is a treasure house of fungal diversity due to its geo-climatic conditions. Altogether seven species belonging to the family Clavariaceae (four species), Dacrymycetaceae (two species) and Pterulaceae (one species) were collected from different corners of West Bengal and reported herein with detailed morpho-anatomical features.
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Background: During macrofungal inventorisation from an unexplored subalpine forest of Sikkim Himalayas, a new edible mushroom, Ramaria subalpina was found and documented in consultation with the forest dwellers. Objective: The aim of the present study was to understand the antioxidative potentiality and bioactive constituents of a novel taxon, Rama...
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Agrocybe pediades, an edible macrofungus well recognized by the name ‘Common Field cap’, is inhabitant of grassy fields, lawns, and pasture lands. Literature review suggest that to date no detailed standardized work has been reported for this macrofungus. The present study focuses a step towards unveiling the quality control standardization of Agro...
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Schizophyllum commune Fr. is valued for its high nutritional composition and medicinal importance. However, quality standards of this species have not been reported till date. The aim of the present study was to provide quality control standardization of S. commune based on organoleptic, microscopic, physico-chemical, chromatographic, molecular fea...
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Novel species of fungi described in the present study include the following from Australia: Vermiculariopsiella eucalypti, Mulderomyces natalis (incl. Mulderomyces gen. nov.), Fusicladium paraamoenum, Neotrimmatostroma paraexcentricum, and Pseudophloeospora eucalyptorum on leaves of Eucalyptus spp., Anungitea grevilleae (on leaves of Grevillea sp.)...
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Tribal communities represent a treasure trove of traditional knowledge regarding beneficial aspects of mushrooms that has been transmitted from one generation to the next across the globe. Recently during our field survey, a morphologically unique red coloured wild macrofungus was collected from West Bengal, India that was found to be highly prized...
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Background: Eastern Himalayas have rich biodiversity but are threatened by anthropogenic activities and periodic natural calamities. The present investigation focused on the cryptogamic group of macrofungi in the Darjeeling Himalayas which are extremely diverse and ecologically significant, but have received very little attention from a conservatio...
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Russula buyckii, a new species of Russula (subgen. Incrustatula, sect. Lilaceinae and subsect. Lilaceinae) is described from Eastern Himalaya, India. Its macro- and micro-morphological features are described in detail and compared with those of similar species. Identification and categorization of R. buyckii was supported by the molecular phylogene...
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During an exploration in the virgin subalpine forest of Sikkim Himalaya, an undescribed edible mushroom, Ramaria subalpina (Basidiomycota, Gomphales) was gathered along with other macrofungi. It is characterized by the combination of characters: solitary to gregarious basidiomata with stipe (surface) that becomes blood red at base after bruising or...
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The present study reports Crinipellis cupreostipes (first described from Thailand) as a new record for Indian mycobiota. A phylogenetic analysis based on nrDNA ITS shows that C. cupreostipes can be readily distinguished from other morphologically similar species such as Crinipellis nigricaulis var. macrospora. A detailed taxonomic description with...
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A new species of Russula (Russulaceae, Basidiomycota) is described from Darjeeling Hill, Eastern Himalaya, India. Morphological and molecular (nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer region) sequence data assign the present species to the subgen. Incrustatula Romagn., sect. Lilaceinae (Melzer & Zvára) Konrad & Joss. and subsect. Lilaceinae Me...
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Ethanolic fraction from edible mushroom, Gomphus floccosus was tested for total phenol, flavonoid, β-carotene, lycopene and ascorbic acid. High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) was performed to identify the phenols and flavones in the fraction. In vitro antioxidant activity in terms of DPPH radical scavenging chelating effect of ferrous iro...
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A marasmioid fungus: Marasmius indopurpureostriatus (Marasmiaceae, Basidiomycota) is proposed here as new to science from Sikkim, a small Himalayan state in India. A comprehensive description with illustrations to aid in the identification, comparisons with morphologically similar taxa and an artificial key to the species of Marasmius sect. Globula...
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Five species of gymnopoid/marasmioid fungi from Eastern India are described based on morphological and molecular (nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer regions and large subunit DNA) sequence data. Of the taxa described, one represents a new species (Marasmiellus foliiphilus), and two (Gymnopus melanopus and Gymnopus menehune) represent fir...
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Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze (commonly called tea plant) is an economically important cash crop in India. This plant is prone to infection by several fungal pathogens. Chitinases (EC 3.2.1.14) are enzymes that play a significant role in plants by hydrolyzing the N-acetylglucosamine polymer chitin. The present study entails different in silico char...
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This study reports Entoloma shandongense (first described from China) as a new record for the macrofungal mycota from India. A phylogenetic analysis based on ITS show that E. shandongense can be readily distinguished from other blue coloured morphologically similar species, such as E. atrum. A detailed taxonomic description with illustrations and a...
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Novel species of fungi described in the present study include the following from Malaysia: Castanediella eucalypti from Eucalyptus pellita, Codinaea acacia from Acacia mangium, Emarcea eucalyptigena from Eucalyptus brassiana, Myrtapenidiella eucalyptorum from Eucalyptus pellita, Pilidiella eucalyptigena from Eucalyptus brassiana and Strelitziana ma...
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An organized way of preserving macrofungal voucher specimens is considered to be a key aspect of measuring and conserving biodiversity. The procedure adopted till date for macrofungal preservation in a herbarium leads to easy disintegration of the voucher specimens as they possess quick moisture retention and insect/ mite infestation capacity. Here...
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Russula senecis, a worldwide distributed mushroom, is exclusively popular among the tribal communities of West Bengal for food purposes. The present study focuses on its reliable taxonomic identification through macro- and micro-morphological features, DNA barcoding, confirmation of its systematic placement by phylogenetic analyses, myco-chemicals...
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Russula senecis , a worldwide distributed mushroom, is exclusively popular among the tribal communities of West Bengal for food purposes. The present study focuses on its reliable taxonomic identification through macro-, micro-morphological features and DNA barcoding, confirmation of its systematic placement by phylogenetic analyses, myco-chemicals...
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Russula senecis , a worldwide distributed mushroom, is exclusively popular among the tribal communities of West Bengal for food purposes. The present study focuses on its reliable taxonomic identification through macro-, micro-morphological features and DNA barcoding, confirmation of its systematic placement by phylogenetic analyses, myco-chemicals...