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Dr. Andrin Gross - Personal Homepage
Responsible for the national data center “swissfungi”, which aims to provide distribution maps and ecological characteristics for all fungal species in Switzerland.
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My main research interests circle around ecology, biodiversity and the conservation biology of fungi. To date we still know little about the distribution and ecology of most fungi – too little to establish efficient conservation measures for specific species or species groups. In addition, the taxonomy and phylogenetic position of fungi is often still based on morphology alone which has proven insufficient to resolve certain taxonomic groups.
Me and my colleagues main tool to increase the missing knowledge is a fungal records database for Switzerland including taxonomic, phenological and ecological data for each species. Using this database and making use of modern genetic and phylogenetic techniques I would like to answer questions like: Are morphological and genetic data congruent between certain fungal groups and if not, can we find and define new morphological characters to help amateur mycologists to cope with the outcome of genetic analyses? Which are the characteristic species of specific habitats (e.g. different forest-, grassland- or wetland types)? What determines the rarity of a species? What is the effect of climate change on fungal communities? Can we establish efficient conservation measures for certain species or species groups?