Teresa Lebel

Teresa Lebel

Research Scientist (Mycology)

Teresa’s research interests are primarily focused on the taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of Australasian truffle-like fungi and related agarics, in particular the Russulales, Boletales and Agaricaceae. Teresa is also intrigued by the interactions between fungi and other organisms, including the effects of mycophagy (by insects or mammals, including humans) and introduced weedy ectomycorrhizal fungi on macrofungal diversity and community structure; the co-evolution of interactions between ectomycorrhizal fungi, plant associates and mycophagous mammals; and the co-evolution of gall-midge–microfungi interactions. Teaching and mentoring of students, citizen scientists, volunteers and the general public about the forgotten fungal kingdom are also activities that Teresa enjoys and supports.

  • Refereed journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Theses
  • Other

Veenstra AV., Lebel T., Milne J., Kolesik P. 2019. Two new species of Dactylasioptera (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) inducing stem galls on Maireana (Chenopodiaceae). Aust. J. Entomol. 58: 220–234.

Khmelnitsky O, Davoodian N, Singh P, Raspé O, Lee S, Bonito G, Lebel T, Halling RE. 2019. Ionosporus: A new genus for Boletus longipes (Boletaceae), with a new species, I. australis, from Australia. Mycological Progress 18: 439–451.

Lebel T., Pennycook S, Barrett M. 2018. Two new species of Pisolithus (Sclerodermataceae) from Australasia, and an assessment of the confused nomenclature of P. tinctorius. Phytotaxa 348(3):163–186.

Wang X-H., Halling RE., Hofstetter V., Lebel T., Buyck B. 2018. Phylogeny, biogeography and taxonomic re-assessment of Multifurca (Russulaceae, Russulales) using three-locus data. PLOS one. 13(11): e0205840.

Fechner N., Bonito G., Bougher N.L., Lebel T., Halling R.E. 2017. New species of Austroboletus (Boletaceae) in Australia. Mycological Progress 16(8) 769–775.

Lebel T. 2017. Nomenclatural changes and corrections for some previously described Australasian truffle-like fungi (Basidiomycetes). Muelleria 36: 8–14.

Orihara, T., Lebel, T., Ge, Z-W., Smith, M.E., Maekawa, N. 2017. Evolutionary history of the sequestrate genus Rossbeevera (Boletaceae) reveals a new genus Turmalinea and highlights the utility of ITS minisatellite-like insertions for molecular identification. Persoonia 37: 173–198.

Bellgard, S.E., Padamsee, M., Probst, C., Lebel, T., and Williams, S. E., 2016. Visualizing the early infection of Agathis australis by Phytophthora agathidicida, using microscopy and fluorescent in situ hybridization. Forest Pathology doi10.111/efp.12280.

Dickie, I., Nuñez, M.A., Pringle, A., Lebel, T., Tourtellot, S.G. and Johnston, P.R. (2016). Towards management of invasive ectomycorrhizal fungi. Biological Invasions 18, pp. 3383–3395.

Sheedy, E., Ryberg, M., Lebel, T., May, T.W., Bougher, N.B. and Matheny, P.B., 2016. Dating the emergence of truffle-like fungi in Australia, by using an augmented meta-analysis. Australian Systematic Botany, 29, 284–302.

Vellinga, E.C., Kuyper, T.W., Ammirati, J., Desjardin, D.E., Halling, R.E., Justo, A., Læssøe, T., Lebel, T., Lodge, D.L., Matheny P.B., Methven, A.S., Moreau, P-A., Mueller, G.M., Noordeloos, M.E.,Nuytinck, J., Ovrebo, C.L., and Verbeken, A., 2015. Six simple guidelines for introducing new genera of Fungi. IMA Fungus, 6, 65–68.

Lebel, T., Castellano, M.A. and Beever, R.E. (2015). Cryptic diversity in the sequestrate genus Stephanospora (Stephanosporaceae: Agaricales) in Australasia. Fungal Biology 119, 201–228.

Beever, R.E. and Lebel, T. (2014). Truffles of New Zealand:  a discussion of bird dispersal characteristics of fruit bodies. Auckland Botanical Society Journal 69(2), 170–178.

Orlovich, D.A., Wang, X.Y. and Lebel, T. (2014). Cortinarius beeverorum, a new species of sequestrate Cortinarius from New Zealand. Mycological Progress 13: 915-921.

Danks, M., Lebel, T., Vernes, K. and Andrew, N. (2013). Truffle-like fungi sporocarps in a eucalypt-dominated landscape: patterns in diversity and community structure. Fungal Diversity. doi: 10.1007/s13225-012-0193-6

Lebel, T. (2013). Two new species of sequestrate Agaricus (section Minores) from Australia. Mycological Progress. doi: 10.1007/s11557-012-0879-x

Leonard, P.L., McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M. and Lebel, T. (2013). Pisolithus croceorrhiza P. Leonard & McMullan-Fisher sp. nov. from Queensland, Australia and New Caledonia. Australasian Mycologist 31, 25–29.

Lebel, T. and Vellinga, E.C. (2013). Description and affinities of a sequestrate Lepiota (Agaricaceae) from Australia. Mycological Progress 12, 525–532.

Lebel, T., Dunk, C.W. and May, T.W. (2013). Rediscovery of Multifurca stenophylla (Berk.) T.Lebel, C.W.Dunk & T.W.May comb. nov. (Russulaceae) from Australia. Mycological Progress 12, 497–504.

Dunk, C.W., Lebel, T. and  Keane, P.J. (2012). Characterisation of ectomycorrhizal formation by the exotic fungus Amanita muscaria with Nothofagus cunninghamii in Victoria, Australia. Mycorrhiza 22, 135–147.

Lebel, T., Orihara, T. and Nagawa, O. (2012). The sequestrate genus RosbeevaT.Lebel & Orihara gen. nov. (Boletaceae) from Australasia and Japan: new species and new combinations. Fungal Diversity 52, 49–71.

Lebel, T., Orihara, T. and Nagawa, O. (2012). Erratum to: The sequestrate genus Rosbeeva T.Lebel & Orihara gen. nov. (Boletaceae) from Australasia and Japan: new species and new combinations. Fungal Diversity52, 72.

Lebel, T., Peele, C., Veenstra, A. (2012). Fungi associated with Asphondylia(Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) galls on Sarcocornia quinqueflora and Tecticornia arbuscula (Chenopodiaceae). Fungal Diversity, 55, 143–154.

Lebel, T. and Syme, A. (2012). Sequestrate species of Agaricus andMacrolepiota from Australia: new combinations and species, and their position in a calibrated phylogeny. Mycologia 104, 496–520. 

McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., May, T.W., Robinson, R.M., Bell, T.L., Lebel, T., Catcheside, P. and York A. (2011). Fungi and fire in Australian ecosystems: a review of current knowledge, management implications and future directions.Australian Journal of Botany 59, 70–90.

Vernes, K. and Lebel, T. (2011). Truffle consumption by New Guinea forest wallabies. Fungal Ecology 4, 270–276.

Danks, M., Lebel, T. and Vernes, K.(2010). 'Cort short on a mountaintop' – Eight new species of sequestrate Cortinarius from sub-alpine Australia and affinities to sections within the genus. Persoonia 24, 106–126.

Newbound, M., McCarthy, M. and Lebel, T. (2010). Phenology of epigeous macrofungi found in red gum woodlands. Fungal Biology 114 (2–3), 171–178.

Newbound, M., McCarthy, M. and Lebel, T. (2010). Fungi and the urban environment: a review. Landscape and Urban Planning 96, 138–145.

Catcheside, P. and Lebel, T. (2009). The truffle genus Cribbea (Physalacriaceae, Agaricales) in Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 22, 39–55.

Tedersoo, L., Gates, G., Dunk, C.W., Lebel, T., May, T.W., Kõljalg, U. and Jairus, T. (2009). Establishment of ectomycorrhizal fungal community on Nothofagus cunninghamii seedlings regenerating on dead wood in Australian wet temperate forests: does fruit-body type matter? Mycorrhiza 19, 403–416.

Trappe, J.M., Bougher, N.L., Castellano, M.A., Claridge, A.W., Gates, G.M.,Lebel, T. and Ratkowsky, D.A. (2008). A preliminary census of the macrofungi of Mt Wellington, Tasmania – the sequestrate species. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 142, 85–95.

Lebel, T. and Tonkin, J.E. (2007). Australasian species of Macowanites are sequestrate species of Russula (Russulaceae, Basidiomycota). Australian Systematic Botany 20, 355–381.

May, T., Dunk, C.W. and Lebel, T. (2006). Austral Ectomycorrhizas overlooked.Mycological Research 110, 499–500.

Moore, D., Pöder, R., Molitoris, P.H., Money, N.P., Figlas, D. and Lebel, T.(2006). Crisis in teaching future generations about fungi. Mycological Research110, 625–627.

Jumpponen, A., Claridge, A.W.C., Trappe, J.M., Lebel, T. and Claridge, D.L. (2004). Ecological relationships among hypogeous fungi and trees: inferences from association analysis integrated with habitat modelling. Mycologia 96, 510–525.

Lebel, T., Thompson, D.K.and Udovicic, F.(2004).Descriptions and affinities of a sequestrate fungus, Barchiella willisiana T.Lebel gen. et sp. nov. (Agaricales).Mycological Research 108, 206–213.

Lebel, T. (2003). Australasian truffle-like fungi XIII, CystangiumAustralian Systematic Botany. 16, 371–400.

Lebel, T. (2003). Australasian truffle-like fungi XIV, GymnomycesAustralian Systematic Botany16, 401–426.

Bougher, N. and Lebel, T. (2002). Australasian sequestrate truffle-like fungi XII. Amarrendia gen. nov.: an astipitate, sequestrate relative of Torrendia andAmanita (Amanitaceae) from Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 15, 513–525.

Lebel, T. (2002). A new species of Zelleromyces (Russulales) from Australia.Australasian Mycologist 21, 4–8.

Lebel, T. (2002). The sequestrate Russulales of New Zealand. New ZealandJournal of Botany 40, 489–509.

Lebel, T. and Castellano, M.A. (2002). Type studies of sequestrate Russulales. Part II. Species related to Russula from Australia and New Zealand. Mycologia.94, 327–354

Smith, J.E., Molina, R., Huso, M.M.P., Luoma, D.L., McKay, D., Castellano, M.A.,Lebel, T. and Valachovic, Y. (2002). Species richness, abundance, and composition of hypogeous and epigeous ectomycorrhizal fungal sporocarps in young, rotation-age, and old-growth stands of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in the Cascade Range of Oregon, USA. Canadian Journal of Botany.80, 186–204.

Trappe, J.M., Lebel, T. and Castellano, M.A. (2002). Nomenclatural revisions in the sequestrate russuloid genera. Mycotaxon 81, 195–214.

Bougher, N. and Lebel, T. (2001). Sequestrate (truffle-like) fungi of Australia and New Zealand. Australian Systematic Botany 14, 439–484.

Lebel, T. (2001). Native truffles from Australia. Victorian Naturalist 118, 38–43.

Smith, J.E. and Lebel, T. (2001). A comparison of taxonomic keys to species within the genus RussulaMcIlvainea15, 9–22.

Lebel, T. and Trappe, J.M. (2000). Type studies of sequestrate Russulales. Part I. Generic type species. Mycologia 92, 1188–1205.

Lebel, T. (1999). Going underground: truffles and truffle-like fungi. Botanic Magazine 8, 31–34.

Lebel, T. and Castellano, M.A. (1999). Australian truffle-like fungi. IX. History and current trends in the study of the taxonomy of sequestrate macrofungi from Australia and New Zealand. Australian Systematic Botany 12, 803–817.

Miller, S.L. and Lebel, T. (1999). Hypogeous fungi from the southeastern United States. II. The genus ZelleromycesMycotaxon 72, 15–25.

Bailey, W.J. and Lebel, T. (1995). The Phenology and behaviour of Phasmodes raniformes in Kings Park. The Western Australian Naturalist  24.

Evans, T., Cruse, A., Lebel, T. and Williamson, D. (1993). Lycosid Spiders from W.A. Playas. The Western Australian Naturalist 20, 23–27.

Lebel, T. (1991). The distribution of the Mediterranean snail,Theba pisana(Mollusca: Helicidae), on Rottnest Island, Western Australia. The Western Australian Naturalist. 18(8),217–222.

Scheibling, R.E., Evans, T., Mulvay, P., Lebel, T., Williamson, D. and Holland, S. (1990). Commensalism between an epizoic limpet, Patelloida nigrosulcata, and its gastropod hosts, Haliotis roei and Patella laticostata, on intertidal reef platforms off Perth, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research 41, 647–655.

Camacho F.J., Otting N. and Lebel, T. (1997). Preliminary fungal and bryophyte species list of McDonald-Dunn Research Forest. In T. Kaye, A. Liston, R. Love, D. Luoma, R. Meinke and M.V. Wilson (eds), Conservation and Management of Oregon's Native Flora, pp. 240– 255. Native Plant Society of Oregon, Corvallis.

Lebel, T. (1998). The sequestrate Russulaceae of Australia and New Zealand. Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

Educational resources

Lebel, T., Milne, J. and Veenstra-Quah, A.(2004). Set of 10 posters. Forgotten Flora. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra.

Milne, J. and Lebel, T. (2004). Set of 3 CDs. Forgotten Flora: Fungi, Lichen, Bryophytes. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra.

Other publications

Beckmann, K, Lebel, T. and Milne J. (2008). Curiosity Cabinet. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra.

Beckmann, K.G., Lebel, T. and Milne, J. (2007). Hidden in Plain View – the forgotten flora. Information/souvenir card pack. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra.