Kanad Das

Kanad Das
Botanical Survey of India | BSI · Central National Herbarium

MSc, PhD

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Introduction
Kanad Das is a Senior Scientist (Scientist 'E') in the Botanical Survey of India, Howrah. His research interest is in morphotaxonomy and molecular phylogeny of different groups of wild mushrooms. Russulaceae, Boletaceae, Hericiaceae, Suillaceae, Hygrophoraceae, Cantharellaceae, Gomphaceae, Gomphidiaceae and Bondarzewiaceae are the major families he dealt with. Jointly with his students and coworkers he discovered over 130 novel mushroom species and 2 novel mushroom genera from India.
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December 2018 - present
Botanical Survey of India
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Pursuing Taxonomy and Molecular Phylogeny of Wild Mushrooms.
January 2012 - November 2018
Botanical Survey of India
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Persueing research on systematics of Wild Himalayan Mushrooms focusing on Russulaceae, Boletaceae, Suillaceae, Cortinariaceae, Hericiaceae, Agaricaceae, etc.
February 2008 - December 2011
Botanical Survey of India,
Position
  • Scientist 'C'

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Publications (178)
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Thaxterogaster shoreae, a new species of Thaxterogaster subg. Scauri sect. ABSTRACT: Routine macrofungal explorations of different Shorea robusta dominated forest areas of Jharkhand and West Bengal are being undertaken since 2020. A specimen classified as "Thaxterogaster" was collected recently from these states and here proposed as Thaxterogaster...
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Macrofungal explorations of different temperate forests in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, India, were undertaken. Thorough examination of these collections revealed a new member of Lactarius sect. Uvidi. We present Lactarius indoviolaceus sp. nov. with illustrated macro-and micro-description, phylogenetic analysis, and comparison wi...
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Two novel species of Russula (Russulaceae, Russulales), namely Russula indosenecis A.Ghosh, D.Chakr., K.Das & Buyck sp. nov. and R. pseudosenecis A.Ghosh, D.Chakr., K.Das & Buyck sp. nov. belonging to sect. Ingratae subg. Heterophyllidiae are proposed herein based on their morphological features and nrITS-based phylogenetic inferences. Both species...
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Macrofungal explorations undertaken to several Sal (Shorea robusta) dominated tropical forests of West Bengal and Jharkhand (India) yielded various wild mushrooms. Studies on these collections revealed an interesting and novel taxon of Lactifluus subg. Lactariopsis which is proposed herein as Lactifluus tropicalis. The new species is presented with...
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Macrofungal forays in different parts of Himalaya made it possible to gather a couple of interesting species of agarics. Two of them belonging to Cortinarius subg. Telamonia are dealt with in this paper. Cortinarius dombangensis, a member of sect. Hinnulei is proposed here as a new species and C. longistipitatus, a member of sect. Uracei subsect. B...
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In this new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles, the authors provide descriptions for ten new taxa: Ilytheomyces uncinatus W. Rossi & M. Leonardi, sp. n ov. (Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales) and several B asidiomycota: in family Entolomataceae for E ntoloma aurantioalpinum Armada, Vila, Bellanger, N oordel., Krisai & Dima, sp. n ov. and E. nigroflave...
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Two species, namely Russula adwanitekae A.Ghosh, K.Das & Buyck sp. nov. and Russula purpureozonata K.Das, A.Ghosh & Buyck sp. nov. are proposed herein as new mushroom taxa from the Indian Himalaya based on their morphological features and ITS-based phylogenetic inferences. Both species belong to the crown clade of Russula subgenus Russula but with...
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Chroogomphus himalayanus sp. nov. is described from the subalpine Himalaya region of India. It is presented herein with morphological descriptions, illustrations and nrITS-based phylogenetic inferences as well as comparisons with similar species.
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In this new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles, the authors provide a description for a new species of Rachomyces Thaxt. (Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales) and several Basidiomycota: for the first time illustrated type studies for two older species of Cantharellus Adans. ex Fr. (Hydnaceae, Cantharellales), C. subcibariusCorner 1966 from Malaysia and...
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Russula baniyakundensis (subg. Russula subsect. Lepidinae), a new species originating from the temperate to subalpine regions of Uttarakhand Himalaya and related to the European R. lepida Fr. is described. The phylogenetic analyses using the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) suggest that in addition to Indian sequences of R. baniyakundensis, there...
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The present paper describes Lactarius abieticola (L. sect. Deliciosi) from Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh of Indian Himalayas. It is characterized as a medium sized orange basidiomata growing under Abies spp. with faint greenish coloration and whitish aspect on the pileus. Detailed morphological descriptions, illustrations and nrITS-based phylogeneti...
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Russula subsection Amoeninae is morphologically defined by a dry velvety pileus surface, a complete absence of cystidia with heteromorphous contents in all tissues, and spores without amyloid suprahilar spot. Thirty-four species within subsection Amoeninae have been published worldwide. Although most Russula species in South Korea have been assigne...
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The identity of blackening Russula (R. subg. Compactae) from Indian Himalaya has since long remained a mystery and they are often called after their European look‐alikes. Here, a combined approach including morphology and ITS phylogenetic inference resolved the identification of some of these taxa and revealed the discovery of two novel species. Th...
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The present paper describes two novel species in Lactarius subg. Lactarius collected from Sikkim, a Himalayan state in India. Lactarius brunneoaurantiacus sp. nov., is characterised by brownish to greyish orange basidiomata, watery white unchanging latex, subglobose to ellipsoid basidiospores with somewhat zebroid pattern of ornamentations and ixot...
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Russula lakhanpalii sp. nov. and R. indocatillus sp. nov. which were collected from UttarakhandHimalaya of India are described here with morphological descriptions, nrITS-based molecularestimation and comparison with allied taxa. The former species belongs to subgen. Heterophyllidiasubsect. Cyanoxanthinae whereas, the latter comes under subgen. Het...
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Amanita pseudorufobrunnescens is described as a new species in the subgenus Amanitina section Amidella of family Amanitaceae from north-western Himalaya, India. Distinct morphological characters, odour and molecular phylogenetic analysis based on the large subunit of nuclear ribosomal DNA (nrLSU) data revealed that the present species differs from...
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In this new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles, the authors describe three new Laboulbeniales (Ascomycota) based on morphology, viz. Corethromyces gibbosus W. Rossi & Santam., sp. nov., C. marshallii W. Rossi & Santam., sp. nov. and Diphymyces torresii W. Rossi & Santam., sp. nov. In Agaricomycotina (Basidiomycota), morphological features and m...
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In this new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles, the authors describe three new Laboulbeniales (Ascomycota) based on morphology, viz. Corethromyces gibbosus W. Rossi & Santam., sp. nov., C. marshallii W. Rossi & Santam., sp. nov. and Diphymyces torresii W. Rossi & Santam., sp. nov. In Agaricomycotina (Basidiomycota), morphological features and m...
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Since 2007, the quality of Russula descriptions has improved and the use of molecular support for species delimitation and the number of published new species has increased. However, the description style is not consistent and has regional or author-specific patterns. Most recent publications still favour descriptions of spores compared to hymenium...
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Bondarzewia indohimalayana , a species collected from mixed temperate forest of Uttarakhand Himalaya in northern India, is proposed here as new to science. This mushroom is characterized by zonate pilei with different shades of brown, pale yellow margin with reddish tinge, irregular pores, thick context that turns pink to dark red with guaiacol, cl...
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Macrofungal exploration to the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, followed by a thorough examination of collected wild agaricoid mushrooms uncovered one novel species (proposed here as Lactifluus indovolemus sp. nov.) and two more interesting species (L. acicularis and L. crocatus), which were recorded for the first time from this country....
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In this new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles, the authors describe seven new Russulales: five new species of Lactarius subg. Russularia and two new Russulas: descriptions and ITS sequences are provided for L. aurantiobrunneus X.H. Wang, sp. nov., L. collybioides X.H. Wang, sp. nov., L. exilis X.H. Wang, sp. nov., L. flaviaquosus X.H. Wang, sp...
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Lactarius viridinigrellus, a milkcap with green-black matted-fibrillose azonate pileus is proposed here as a novel species under L. subg. Lactarius sect. Atroviridi from subalpine forests of Eastern Himalaya in India. Detailed morphological description, supporting illustrations and nrITS-based phylogenetic estimation are presented. Comparison with...
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A new species, Marasmius desjardinii belonging to Marasmius sect. Globulares is described from India. Its most distinct characters include: a distinctive odour of red chilli powder and the presence of pleurocystidia and pseudocystidia. Its detailed description, including drawings of microscopic features and a phylogenetic tree, is given. The differ...
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Hericium rajendrae is proposed as a new species based on morphological characteristics and phylogenetic analysis. This species is mainly characterized by reddish white to pale red coloured basidiomata, concolorous spines with acute to sub-acute or rounded apex, pleasant odour, monomitic hyphal system, subglobose to broadly ellipsoid minutely warty...
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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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Lactarius pleuromacrocystidiatus is proposed here as a new species in Lactarius subgen. Plinthogalus. It was collected from western Himalaya and is characterised by a radially rugose, yellowish-brown to light brown pileus and the presence of white latex which turns pale orange on the gills and yellow on the context, and the presence of pleuromacroc...
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Lactarius pleuromacrocystidiatus is proposed here as a new species in Lactarius subgen. Plinthogalus. It was collected from western Himalaya and is characterised by a radially rugose, yellowish-brown to light brown pileus and the presence of white latex which turns pale orange on the gills and yellow on the context, and the presence of pleuromacroc...
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Tropical dry deciduous Shorea dominated forests in Jharkhand (India) harbour diverse groups of ectomycorrhizal macrofungi, including boletes. Repeated macrofungal explorations in different parts of this state followed by thorough investigation of collected samples uncovered a novel genus in the family Boletaceae subfamily Boletoideae. This genus is...
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In this new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles, the authors describe nine species new to science, four Ascomycota, as well as one Cantharellus and four Russula (Basidiomycota). Among Ascomycota, the lichen forming Cryptothecia odishensis sp. nov. (Arthoniales) is reported from tropical forests in India, while first Indian reports are given for...
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An interesting species of the genus Gliophorus (sect. Glutinosae), collected from Sikkim Himalaya in India, is described here as G. glutinosus sp. nov. after thorough morphological examination and phylogenetic analysis. The species is mainly characterised by its strongly glutinous basidiomata throughout, particularly on the twisted stipe, decurrent...
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During the course of investigation of macrofungi of Uttarakhand Himalaya, India, authors collected several macrofungi from this region. After thorough examination of some of these macrofungal collections identified them as Amanita farinosa, A. sepiacea (family Amanitaceae); Hypomyces lateritius (family Hypocreaceae); Lactarius horakii, L. laeticolo...
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Two new species of the genus Amanita are described from India. Amanita argenteoalba, a member of subgenus Lepidella section Lepidella, is characterized by its small to medium sized basidiocarps, white to silvery white pileus with brownish orange tinge, universal veil on pileus as floccose-felted to subfelted patches, rooting bulb covered by recurve...
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Boletellus shoreae, characterized by a combination of features i.e. small (15–40 mm diam.), brownish red to reddish brown pileus yellow pore surface turning green when hurt or bruised, brown with 5% KOH, stipe yellow in upper 1/4th of its length, brownish red in lower 3/4th of its length, becoming green at upper part and greyish red to red towards...
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Amanitatullossiana, a new species of Amanita [subgenus Lepidella] section Lepidella from India is described. The species is characterised by its ash grey to brownish-grey pileus covered with dark grey to greyish-black universal veil remnants, the upper part of its rooting stipe base covered by several rows of recurved scales, broadly ellipsoid to e...
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Russula darjeelingensis is characterized by its small sized white pileus with a tall and narrow stipe, white spore print, basidiospores with amyloid suprahilar spot and a pileipellis containing encrusted pileocystidia and absence of primordial hyphae. The combination of all these characters and molecular phylogenetic analyses of internal transcribe...
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In this new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles, the authors describe ten species new to science, nine basidiomycetes and one ascomycete, using both morphological and molecular data. Descriptions are provided for Hydnum berkeleyanum sp. nov. (Cantharellales), for Lactarius ambiguus, L. furfuraceus, L. orientaliquietus, L. subhirtipes, Russula bl...
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Nomenclatural type definitions are one of the most important concepts in biological nomenclature. Being physical objects that can be re-studied by other researchers, types permanently link taxonomy (an artificial agreement to classify biological diversity) with nomenclature (an artificial agreement to name biological diversity). Two proposals to am...
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In this contribution on the genus Cantharellus in Asia, C. subvaginatus is described from the Republic of Korea as a close relative to the Chinese C. vaginatus, which is here reported for the first time from India. Both species are here placed in Cantharellus subg. Cantharellus sect. Amethystini, together with the Indian C. pseudoformosus (syn.: C....
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Tylopilus himalayanus and T. pseudoballoui are described as new species from two Himalayan states (Sikkim and Uttarakhand) in India. Tylopilus himalayanus is characterised by a unique combination of features: reddish- or brownish-grey to purplish-grey then brown to reddish-brown or darker pileus, absence of olive or violet tinges on stipe surface,...
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Lactarius is a prevalent ectomycorrhizal genus in the forests of Uttarakhand Himalaya. During a macrofungal exploration in the high altitude forests of this region two interesting taxa belonging to Lactarius subg. Plinthogalus were collected. Based on detailed macro- and micromorphological observations along with nrITS-based phylogenetic analysis t...
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Thelephoroid fungi are abundant ectotrophic symbionts in temperate forests worldwide. The state of Sikkim, in India, constitutes a hot spot of fungal diversity due to the occurrence of many ectomycorrhizal tree species. Collections of a stipitate thelephoroid species were found under Castanopsis hystrix in the district South of this state. Molecula...
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This new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles presents ten new taxa in the genus Russula, including subgenus Crassotunicata subg. nov. In subg. Malodora, sect Edules sect. nov. is described for a number of African species and a first detailed description is given for the type species, while R. pseudocompacta sp. nov. and R. compactoides sp.nov. a...
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Lactarius ferruginascens sp. nov. and L. indoaquosus sp. nov. are described from the East and South districts of Sikkim, a small Himalayan state in India. Macro- and micromorphological descriptions coupled with the illustrations and nrITS-based molecular analyses are given for both species. Lactarius ferruginascens is a species in L. subg. Plinthog...
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During a 2016 foray to South District of Sikkim, Paxillus orientalis, a species belonging to Paxillus subg. Alnopaxillus, was collected for the first time in India. A detailed morphological description, ITS-based phylogenetic estimation, illustrations and comparisons with allied species are presented.
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Hygrocybe rajendrae, a new species belonging to subgen. Pseudohygrocybe sect. Coccineae subsect. Squamulosae, is described and illustrated based on morphological characteristics and phylogenetic analysis of nrITS. It is characterized by its yellow pileus with very fine, yellowish fibrillose-squamules at disc, yellowish white to pale yellow distant...
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Gliophorus flavoviridis (sect. Gliophorus) a new species and lookalike of European G. psittacinus is described and illustrated from Indian Himalaya based on the morphological characters and phylogenetic inference. This species is mainly characterized by a yellowish green slightly viscid pileus with a translucent-striate, crisped margin, yellowish s...
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A couple of forays to the temperate to subalpine regions of the western Himalaya uncovered two new species: Russula rajendrae and R. petersenii. Russula rajendrae (subg. Russula sec. Russula subsect. Russula), is characterized by a pale red to venetian pink or pastel red colored pileus with grayish yellow patches in the center, a white spore print,...
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Abstract – In this new series of Fungal Biodiversity Profiles, the authors describe ten Basidiomycetes, one recombination and nine taxa new to science, using both morphological and molecular data. Descriptions are provided for Craterellus parvogriseus sp. nov. (Cantharellales); for Lactifluus maenanensis sp. nov., Russula albidogrisea sp. nov., R....
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A novel and first species belonging to Russula subg. Archaea was collected from West and South districts of Sikkim and is proposed here as Russula butyroindica. It is typically characterized by its butter- to straw-colored, eroded and deeply sulcate pileus surface that occasionally changes to reddish orange with maturity; distant, thick and brittle...
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Hygrophorus pudorinus which is collected from subalpine Himalaya of Sikkim is described and illustrated for the first time from India. Comparisons with the allied taxa are also provided.
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During repeated mycological forays to Rajmahal hills, a widely distributed, host specific, resupinate to effused-reflexed basidiomata of Hymenochaete conchata were collected. In the present communication this species is reported for the first time from India with morphological description along with the illustrations and nrITS-based phylogenetic an...