Dr Gareth Griffith

BSc Microbiology (University of Wales); PhD Fungal ecology (University of Wales)

Dr Gareth Griffith


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Member of the editorial boards for journals Fungal Ecology and Plant Pathology.

Member of the Conservation Committee of the Mycological Society of America and a past member of the Council of the British Mycological Society.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Mycological Society, Mycological Society of America, British Society for Plant Pathology and the Microbiology Society



1) Ecology of Grassland Fungi

  • Use of eDNA in fungal ecology
  • Ecology and conservation of grassland macrofungi (Hygrocybe spp. and other waxcap fungi).
  • Role of Dark Septate endophytes (DSE) in temperate grasslands).
  • Ecology of anaerobic rumen fungi (phylum Neocallimastigomycota).

2) Fungal Taxonomy and DNA barcoding

  • Molecular phylogenetics of anaerobic fungi (Neocallimastigomycota), Dark Septate Endophytes; mollisioid fungi (Helotiales), rusts (Pucciniales), Coral fungi (Pterulaceae, Clavariaceae) and waxcaps (Hygrophoraceae)

3) Aerobiology

  • Detection of airborne propagules of fungi, plant pathogens etc (e.g. sporangia of the potato late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans) and pollen using novel air sampling devices, flow cytometry and DNA metabarcoding.

4) Cacao Pathology

  • Pathogenesis, host specificity, population genetics, genomics and infection biology of Moniliophthora perniciosa, causal agent of witches' broom disease.

5) Silage microbiology

  • Role of fungi in the spoilage of silage

These research programmes are funded by NERC, BBSRC, DEFRA, Natural Resources Wales, Cocoa Research UK Ltd. Silage Solutions Ltd., KESS an


Head of the Microbiology Group within IBERS.

Organiser of the weekly IBERS Research Seminar series.

Disability coordinator for IBERS.

Curator of the IBERS Herbarium/Fungarium, the university's official biorepository (code ABS).

Co-ordinator of the following modules in English (BR12110, BR20810, BR33110, PGM4210) and Welsh (BG12110, BG20810, BG32110), and contributes to teaching on BR013410, BR12210, BR12410, BR13320, BR22810, BG23420, BG32330, BR32330, BR33620, B33720, BRM3560 and BRM6420


Factors affecting the local distribution of Polystigma rubrum stromata on Prunus spinosaRoberts, H. R., Pidcock, S. E., Redhead, S. C., Richards, E., O’Shaughnessy, K., Douglas, B. & Griffith, G. 2018 In : Plant Ecology and Evolution.151, 2, p. 278-2836 p.
Isotopic evidence of biotrophy and unusual nitrogen nutrition in soil-dwelling HygrophoraceaeHalbwachs, H., Easton, G. L., Bol, R., Hobbie, E. A., Garnett, M. H., Peršoh, D., Dixon, L., Ostle, . N. J., Karasch, P. & Griffith, G. 2018 In : Environmental Microbiology.
Reclassification of Parapterulicium Corner (Pterulaceae, Agaricales), contributions to Lachnocladiaceae and Peniophoraceae (Russulales) and introduction of Baltazaria gen. nov.Ambrosio Leal Dutra, C., Neves, M. A., Griffith, G., Reck, M. A., Clasen, L. A. & Dentinger, B. T. M. 2018 In : MycoKeys.37, p. 39-56
Vegetation and edaphic factors influence rapid establishment of distinct fungal communities on former coal-spoil sitesDetheridge, A., Comont, D. C., Callaghan, A., Bussell, J. S., Brand, G., Jones, D., Scullion, J. & Griffith, G. 2018 In : Fungal Ecology.p. 92-103
Growing and testing mycelium bricks as building insulation materialsXing, Y., Brewer, M., El-Gharabawy, H. M., Griffith, G. & Jones, P. 2018 In : IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science.121, 022032
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