Russula workshop on microscopy

“Quest for a globally comprehensible Russula language”


Saturday, 24th February 2018, the Technique day

· Start of the official program – opening presentation about program aims presented by Slavomír Adamčík

· General information about Russula morphology presented by Bart Buyck

· Participants slide show presenting results of various techniques on preparation of objects for microscopy, experience with chemical reagents

· Practice on microscopes

Sunday, 25th February 2018, the Spore day

· Participants slide show presenting important spore differences between species, coding of spore characters, spore illustrations

· Practice on microscopes

Monday, 26th February 2018, the Pileipellis day

· Participants slide show presenting important various pileipellis characters observed on pileocystidia, primordial hyphae and other hyphal terminations, differences between pileus margin and centre, vertical structure and using of various chemical reagents

· Practice on microscopes

Tuesday, 27th February 2018, the Hymenium day

· Participants slide show presenting important characters observed on cheilo- and pleurocystidia, gill edge basidia, cystidia counting, character coding

· Practice on microscopes

Wednesday 28th February 2018, the Illustration day

· Participants slide show presenting techniques for visualization, drawing, photographing and picture files handling

· Practice on microscopes, and with a software

The aim: The ambition of this initiative is to join Russula experts from various countries worldwide to an agreement to use a standard morphological description for the genus Russula with defined minimal requirements.

The output: Prior to the workshop, participants will prepare material and sequence data for species of interest. We will try to prepare full description for at least one species per participant, including line drawings and micro-photo documentation. All participants with new species may prepare together one paper with all new or re-described species included and an introductory part explaining morphological observations in detail. It might be published as Fungal biodiversity profiles (Cryptogamie, Mycologie) or Fungal diversity notes (Fungal Diveristy). We hope that participants are willing to share their knowledge will find new skills and experience.

List of participants and collecting area of studied species:

Slavomír Adamčík – Europe, Noth America, Latin America

Magdalena Barajas – USA

Bart Buyck – Noth America, Africa, Latin America

Miroslav Caboň – Europe, Asia, Australia

Ruben De Lange – Europe

Aniket Ghosh – India

Felix Hampe – Thailand

Soňa Jančovičová – Europe, USA

Hyun Lee – Korea

Brian P. Looney – USA

Cathrin Manz – Panama
Malka Saba – Pakistan

Tero Taipale – Europe

Komsit Wisitrassameewong – Korea


Peter G. Avis (USA)

Anna Bazzicalupo (Canada)

Adriana Corrales (Colombia)

Kanad Das (India)

Young Woon Lim (Korea)