Prof Gareth Griffith

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

Prof Gareth Griffith


Department of Life Sciences

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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
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Co-ordinator of the following modules in English (BR12110, BR26020, BR36620, PGM2410) and Welsh (BG12110, BG26020, BG36620), and contributes to teaching on BR01340, BR12210, BG12410, BR12410, BR13320, BR14310, BR15700, BR24720, BR33720, BR35520, BR36440, BRM2860, BRM3560 and BRM6420


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).



Bensaci, MB, Toumatia, O, Bouras, N, Rahmania, F, Douglas, B, Wade, S, Griffith, GW & Mur, LAJ 2023, 'Phylogenetic and pathogenic characterization of Mauginiella scaettae as the causal agent of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) inflorescence rot in southeast of Algeria', Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, vol. 127, 102062. 10.1016/j.pmpp.2023.102062
Fennelly, M, Hellebust, S, Wenger, J, O'Connor, DJ, Griffith, GW, Plant, BJ & Prentice, MB 2023, 'Portable HEPA filtration successfully augments natural-ventilation-mediated airborne particle clearance in a legacy design hospital ward', Journal of Hospital Infection, vol. 131, pp. 54-57. 10.1016/j.jhin.2022.09.017
Puniya, AK, Griffith, GW & Ungerfeld, EM 2023, 'Rising stars in systems microbiology: 2021', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 14, 1137550. 10.3389/fmicb.2023.1137550
Elshahed, MS, Hanafy, RA, Cheng, Y, Dagar, SS, Edwards, JE, Flad, V, Fliegerov√°, KO, Griffith, GW, Kittelmann, S, Lebuhn, M, O'malley, MA, Podmirseg, SM, Solomon, KV, Vinzelj, J, Young, D & Youssef, NH 2022, 'Characterization and rank assignment criteria for the anaerobic fungi (Neocallimastigomycota)', International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, vol. 72, no. 7, 005449. 10.1099/ijsem.0.005449
Young, D, Joshi, A, Huang, L, Munk, B, Wurzbacher, C, Youssef, NH, Elshahed, MS, Moon, CD, Ochsenreither, K, Griffith, GW, Callaghan, TM, Sczyrba, A, Lebuhn, M & Flad, V 2022, 'Simultaneous Metabarcoding and Quantification of Neocallimastigomycetes from Environmental Samples: Insights into Community Composition and Novel Lineages', Microorganisms, vol. 10, no. 9, e1749. 10.3390/microorganisms10091749
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