Systematics and taxonomy of Australian Cortinarius

Cortinarius is one of the largest and most complex fungal genera known today, with around 3000 described species. Cortinarius are agarics (gilled fungi) that develop ectomycorrhizal associations with many forest trees around the world, including Eucalyptus and Nothofagus. Cortinarius has numerous species in Australia that remain poor.


  • Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) (Postgraduate scholarship for Rodney Jones)
  • CYBEC Foundation (Jim Willis studentship for Kate Griffiths)


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  • Beattie, K.D., Thompson, D.R., Tiralongo, E., Ratkowsky, D., May, T.W. and Gill, M. (2011). Austrocolorone B and austrocolorin B1, cytotoxic anthracenone dimers from the Tasmanian mushroom Cortinarius vinosipes Gasparini. Tetrahedron Letters 52, 5448–5451.