Tom W. May

Tom W. May
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria



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Cited By
    • Università degli Studi di Torino and Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP) – CNR, Viale P.A. Mattioli 25, 10125 Torino, Italy
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
    • Leibniz Institut DSMZ - Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH
    • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Projects (4)
Explore the diversity (taxonomy, biogeography) of ECM fungi associated to Nothofagaceae in the southern hemisphere and identify key functions for nutrient cycling and plant nutrition.
Many mammals consume and disperse hypogeous ectomycorrhizal fungi (truffles). However, not all equally. Some mammals rely of truffle fungi as a food resource and disperse a high abundance and diversity of truffle species (fungal specialists). In the advent of ecosystem disturbance and species decline it is uncertain whether a community of fungus-eating mammals with generalist diets can perform the equivalent fungal dispersal role as species with fungal specialist diets. The aim of this project was to determine the functional redundancy of fungal dispersal roles among communities fungus-eating mammals, including fungal specialists. Mammal decline could have impacts on ectomycorrhizal communities, fungus-plant interactions, nutrient cycling and ecosystem health. This results of this project has ramifications for management of endangered specialist mammals and restoration of ectomycorrhizal forests.
The Nomenclature Committee for Fungi (NCF) is a permanent committee that reports to the General Committee on Nomenclature ( about formal proposals to conserve or reject names of fungi. The NCF also deals with requests for binding decisions under the International Code of nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants. Details of the current membership of the NCF can be found on the IMA website: