Teresa Lebel

Teresa Lebel
Botanic Gardens of Adelaide · State Herbarium of South Australia

PhD

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Introduction
After 20 yrs in the Plant Sciences & Biodiversity group at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria I have moved to the State Herbarium of South Australia. I mostly do research on the Taxonomy, Systematics, and Ecology of macrofungi. Current projects include 'Austral Austroboletus', 'truffle-like fungi of Australia', 'Fungal Barcode project (MEL)', 'investigating poisonous fungi exposures', and 'Gall-midge-microfungi-Chenopodiaceae interactions'. Science communication is another interest.
Additional affiliations
March 2020 - present
Botanic Gardens of Adelaide
Botanic Gardens of Adelaide
Position
  • Senior Botanist & Curator Cryptogams
October 2012 - November 2014
Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Position
  • Ross Beever Memorial Fellow
Description
  • Conduct taxonomic, ecological and phylogenetic research on native truffles and truffle-like fungi, epigeal relatives, and invasive ectomycorrhizal fungi.
January 2004 - present
University of Melbourne
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Provide lectures and labs on fungal systematics and taxonomy, a general introduction to fungi, and fungal interactions.

Publications

Publications (163)
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We describe several new genera and species of sequestrate fungi from different regions of the world that belong to five different basidiomycete families. New taxa include: Amylotrama gen. nov., Amylotrama clelandii comb. nov., A. banrockensis sp. nov., Boletus kundabungkid sp. nov. (Boletaceae), Russula crassibasidiata sp. nov., R. danksiae sp. nov...
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To aid the identification of Russulaceae associated with non-native introduced trees in urban areas, botanical gardens, and plantation forestry we sequenced selected material in the fungaria of AD & MEL (Australia) and PDD (New Zealand). Phylogenetic analysis and morphology support the presence of 13 species: Lactarius deliciosus (L.) Gray, L. glyc...
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Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Antartica, Cladosporium austrolitorale from coastal sea sand. Australia, Austroboletus yourkae on soil, Crepidotus innuopurpureus on dead wood, Curvularia stenotaphri from roots and leaves of Stenotaphrum secundatum and Thecaphora stajsicii from capsules...
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Three Australian species with sequestrate basidiome forms are recorded for the first time in the genus Lactifluus based on nuclear ITS-LSU and morphological data. These species represent three rare independent evolutionary events resulting in sequestrate basidiomes arising from agaricoid species in three different sections in two subgenera. All thr...
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Hysterangiales ( Phallomycetidae , Agaricomycetes , Basidiomycota ) is a diverse, nearly cosmopolitan order of predominantly hypogeous, sequestrate, ectomycorrhizal fungi. Expanding on previously published phylogenies, we significantly increased sampling of Hysterangiales specimens, emphasizing representatives from Australia. Using protein-coding g...
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The hidden diversity and interactions of gall midges (Cecidomyiidae), their associated microfungal symbiont(s), and parasitoid wasps in temperate saltmarshes have been little studied in Australia. Over a period of two years, we investigated the gall-associated communities of the dominant saltmarsh plants, Tecticornia arbuscula and Salicornia quinqu...
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Agaricus xanthodermus and other species of the yellow-staining section Xanthodermatei are responsible for mushroom-related poisoning cases that require treatment. However, longstanding anecdotal evidence indicates that this species appears to exhibit considerable variation in toxicity, resulting in gastrointestinal irritation of varying severity in...
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To document sequestrate fungal diversity in American tropical regions, we performed a series of field surveys in southeastern Mexico and discovered two new species in the phalloid genus Restingomyces (Trappeaceae, Phallales). Here, we describe them based on morphological and phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase) s...
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The Lactifluus clarkeae complex is a commonly observed, generally brightly coloured, group of mushrooms that are usually associated with Nothofagus or Myrtaceous hosts in Australia and New Zealand. For this study collections labelled as ‘Lactarius clarkeae’, ‘Russula flocktoniae’ and ‘Lactarius subclarkeae’ were examined morphologically and molecul...
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Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Australia, Austroboletus asper on soil, Cylindromonium alloxyli on leaves of Alloxylon pinnatum, Davidhawksworthia quintiniae on leaves of Quintinia sieberi, Exophiala prostantherae on leaves of Prostanthera sp., Lactifluus lactiglaucus on soil, Linterom...
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Ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi are integral to boreal and temperate forest ecosystem functioning and nutrient cycling. ECM fungi, however, originate from diverse saprotrophic lineages and the impacts of genetic variation across species, and especially within a given ECM species, on function and interactions with the environment is not well understood....
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Premise: Motivated to make sensible interpretations of the massive volume of data from the Australian Microbiome Initiative (AusMic), we characterize the soil mycota of Australia. We establish operational taxonomic units (OTUs) from the data and compare these to GenBank and a data set from the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL), Melbourne, Austr...
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Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Antarctica, Cladosporium arenosum from marine sediment sand. Argentina, Kosmimatamyces alatophylus (incl. Kosmimatamyces gen. nov.) from soil. Australia, Aspergillus banksianus, Aspergillus kumbius, Aspergillus luteorubrus, Aspergillus malvicolor and Asp...
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Stephanospora xibalba is described from the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico, based on morphological and molecular data. This species is characterized by the small red-orange basidiomata, broadly ellipsoid to ellipsoid basidiospores (6.8–11.6 × 6.3–9.5 µm) with a small (3.2–4.5 × 1–1.5 µm) partial corona, and the association with Gymnopodium floribundum.
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Asproinocybe lyophylloides sp. nov. from south-west Western Australia, and A. daleyae sp. nov. from New Zealand, are described based on morphological and molecular data. These are the first published records of the genus in Australasia. Both species have lilac tones to the fruitbody, as well as tuberculate inamyloid basidiospores, typical of the ge...
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Boletus longipes was described in 1909 by George Massee from a specimen collected in Singapore. The species was not mentioned again until E.J.H. Corner’s book in 1972 on Malaysian boletes. Corner had collected it many times during his tenure in Singapore, and he synonymized Boletus tristis with B. longipes described nine years after B. longipes by...
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Multifurca is a small genus newly established to accommodate lactarioid and russuloid species with some characters reminiscent of corticoid members of Russulaceae. It shows an amphi-pacific distribution with strong preference for the tropical zone of the Northern Hemisphere and thus has particular significance for biogeographical study. Using world...
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Chronogram and estimated divergence times of Multifurca and other representatives of fungi. The chronogram was generated from biogeographic analysis using the 28S-rpb2 data in BEAST. Ascomycota-Basidiomycota divergence time of 500–650 Ma was used calibration point. The geological time scale is in millions of years ago. (TIF)
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Newly designed internal primers in this study. (DOCX)
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Species and samples used for divergence time estimation of Multifurca implemented in BEAST. (DOCX)
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Matrices of within-group and between-group genetic distances estimated using ITS and ITS-LSU-rpb2 sequence data. (DOCX)
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Maximum Likelihood (ML) phylogram of Multifurca, Lactarius, Lactifluus and Russula generated by the 28S-rpb2 combined dataset. The tree is rooted with midpoint. ML Bootstrap proportions higher than 70% are indicated above the branches. (TIF)
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Maximum Likelihood (ML) phylograms of Multifurca based on the ITS, 28S, rpb2 and ITS-28S-rpb2 combined datasets. Trees are rooted with Lactarius pubescens. Bootstrap proportions higher than 70% in the ML analysis (ML-BP) and Posterior probabilities of the Bayesian Inference (BI-PP) higher than 95% are indicated above and below the branches respecti...
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Based on morphological data and ITS nrDNA sequence analyses, we formally describe two species from the phylogenetic grouping ‘Martin sp. 10’ as Pisolithus thermaeus sp. nov., endemic to New Zealand, and P. tympanobaculus sp. nov. from Australia. All Pisolithus species in New Zealand are restricted in distribution to geothermally active areas, in ec...
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First contribution in the context of a forthoming worldwide revision of Multifurca species.
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Several new combinations and corrections to various names of Australian truffle-like fungi are made, and new Mycobank numbers assigned to updated nomenclature.
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Three new species of Austroboletus are described from Australia. Austroboletus austrovirens has been collected repeatedly in northern Queensland and the Northern Territory, and is primarily distinguished by its dry, green pileus and stipe ornamentation, and boletoid spores with meandering ridges and pits. Austroboletus viscidoviridis is known from...
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Ectomycorrhizal fungi are increasingly recognized as invasive species. Invasive ectomycorrhizal fungi can be toxic to humans, may compete with native, edible or otherwise valuable fungi, facilitate the co-invasion of trees, and cause major changes in soil ecosystems, but also have positive effects, enabling plantation forestry and, in some cases, b...
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The sequestrate (truffle-like) basidiomycete genera Rossbeevera, Chamonixia, and Octaviania are closely related to the epigeous mushroom genera Leccinum and Leccinellum. In order to elucidate the properties and placement of several undescribed sequestrate taxa in the group and to reveal the evolutionary history of Rossbeevera and its allies, we con...
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Phytophthora agathidicida (PTA) causes a root rot and collar rot of New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis). This study developed techniques to visualize early infection of kauri by PTA in deliberately inoculated seedlings. Conventional light microscopy was carried out on cleared and stained roots using trypan blue to observe PTA structures. Addition...
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Australia supports a high diversity of sequestrate (truffle-like) macrofungi. This has long been thought to be related to the predominantly or seasonally dry climate. The present study posits that if aridity were a key factor in the evolution of sequestrate fruit-bodies, most sequestrate species would have emerged in Australia only after it began t...
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We formulate five guidelines for introducing new genera, plus one recommendation how to publish the results of scientific research. We recommend that reviewers and editors adhere to these guidelines. We propose that the underlying research is solid, and that the results and the final solutions are properly discussed. The six criteria are: (1) all g...
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Historically a single name, Stephanospora flava, was applied to all collections of Stephanospora in Australasia. We used morphological characters with molecular support to differentiate and describe nine novel cryptic species, and refine the circumscription of S. flava. Stephanospora flava is herein restricted to bispored collections from Tasmania,...
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Truffle and truffle-like fungi typically have an indehiscent fruiting body, which does not open to release the spores. Associated with this feature, the spores are usually not actively released from the spore-bearing structure, whether an ascus or a basidium (Theirs 1984, Kendrick 2000). The fruiting bodies may be below ground (hypogeous), or produ...
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Cortinarius peraurantiacus is a truffle-like fungus associated with Leptospermum. In the protologue of this species, a second, morphologically different but closely related form is mentioned, found in association with Nothofagus s.l. Phylogenetic analysis of ITS sequences indicates that both the Leptospermum-associated and Nothofagus-associated for...
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The novel species Agaricus lamelliperditus and A. colpeteii are described and illustrated, and affinities to other taxa determined by analysis of ITS sequence data. Both taxa resemble several other recently described Australian sequestrate Agaricus species, in particular A. pachydermus, A. wariatodes and A. chartaceus, which all have a powdery hyme...
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The genus Multifurca is recorded for the first time from Australia. Multifurca stenophylla (Berk.) T.Lebel, C.W.Dunk & T.W.May comb. nov. is described and illustrated, and a lectotype and epitype designated. The species is characterized by the association with Nothofagus and Eucalyptus, the pale yellow, concentrically zoned pileus, abundant acrid w...
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Pisolithus croceorrhizus P. Leonard & McMullan-Fisher sp. nov. from Australia and New Caledonia is described and illustrated. Analysis of ITS sequence data, and morphological characters, support the distinction of this species from another species with golden rhizoids, P. aurantioscabrosus Watling from Malaysia.
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Truffle-like fungi are highly diverse yet poorly known in Australia. To assess the species richness, biomass, and community assemblages of truffle-like fungi in different habitats we sampled sporocarps of truffle-like fungi in three eucalypt-dominated forest types (grassy woodland, wet sclerophyll forest, and dry sclerophyll forest) once in summer...
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The novel Australian sequestrate species Lepiota geogenia is described and illustrated. It is characterized by globose to subglobose sporocarps that stain pale yellow with handling, and fusiform, asymmetric spores. Lepiota geogenia is a member of sect. Lepiota, to which the sequestrate western American Cryptolepiota spp, Lepiota viridigleba, and th...
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Galls induced by the gall-forming midges Asphondylia floriformis and A. sarcocorniae on Sarcocornia quinqueflora, and A. tecticorniae and A. peelei on Tecticornia arbuscula, were collected from two sites near Melbourne, Victoria. Microfungi belonging to a broad range of families were found to be associated with external surfaces of galls and articl...
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GenBank accession numbers, geographic source and plant host for taxa included in phylogenetic analyses.
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Australian collections of sequestrate Agaricaceae were examined with morphological and molecular data (nuclear DNA from ITS and LSU), and the majority were found to belong to the genera Agaricus and Macrolepiota. Previously described Australian species of Endoptychum are transferred to the appropriate agaricoid genera and several new combinations p...
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The occurrence of the exotic ectomycorrhizal fungus Amanita muscaria in a mixed Nothofagus-Eucalyptus native forest was investigated to determine if A. muscaria has switched hosts to form a successful association with a native tree species in a natural environment. A mycorrhizal morphotype consistently found beneath A. muscaria sporocarps was exami...
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Although the fungal diet of Australian mammals, including macropodids (kangaroos and wallabies), is reasonably well understood, no work has been done on mycophagy among New Guinea mammals. We examined stomach samples from the black forest wallaby, Dorcopsis atrata (one sample), greater forest wallaby, Dorcopsis hageni (two samples), lesser forest w...