Prof Gareth Griffith

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

Prof 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


Module Coordinator
Additional Lecturer


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 and the Dutch Government.



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


The PollerGEN Consortium, Rowney, FM, Brennan, GL, Skjøth, CA, Griffith, GW, McInnes, RN, Clewlow, Y, Adams-Groom, B, Barber, A, de Vere, N, Economou, T, Hegarty, M, Hanlon, HM, Jones, L, Kurganskiy, A, Petch, GM, Potter, C, Rafiq, AM, Warner, A, Wheeler, B, Osborne, NJ & Creer, S 2021, 'Environmental DNA reveals links between abundance and composition of airborne grass pollen and respiratory health', Current Biology, vol. 31, no. 9, e4, pp. 1995-2003.
Kurganskiy, A, Creer, S, De Vere, N, Griffith, GW, Osborne, NJ, Wheeler, BW, McInnes, RN, Clewlow, Y, Barber, A, Brennan, GL, Hanlon, HM, Hegarty, M, Potter, C, Rowney, F, Adams-Groom, B, Petch, GM, Pashley, CH, Satchwell, J, De Weger, LA, Rasmussen, K, Oliver, G, Sindt, C, Bruffaerts, N, The PollerGEN Consortium & Skjøth, CA 2021, 'Predicting the severity of the grass pollen season and the effect of climate change in Northwest Europe', Science Advances, vol. 7, no. 13, eabd7658.
Ambrosio Leal Dutra, C, Griffith, G, Neves, MA, McLaughlin, DJ, McLaughlin, EG, Clasen, LA & Dentinger, B 2020, 'Reclassification of Pterulaceae Corner (Basidiomycota: Agaricales) introducing the ant-associated genus Myrmecopterula gen. nov., Phaeopterula Henn. and the corticioid Radulomycetaceae fam. nov.', IMA Fungus, vol. 11, no. 2, 2.
Hanafy, RA, Lanjekar, VB, Dhakephalkar, PK, Callaghan, TM, Dagar, SS, Griffith, GW, Elshahed, MS & Youssef, NH 2020, 'Seven new Neocallimastigomycota genera from wild, zoo-housed, and domesticated herbivores greatly expand the taxonomic diversity of the phylum', Mycologia.
Clasen, LA, Detheridge, AP, Scullion, J & Griffith, GW 2020, 'Soil stabilisation for DNA metabarcoding of plants and fungi. Implications for sampling at remote locations or via third-parties', Metabarcoding and Metagenomics, vol. 4, pp. 135-147.
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