How alpine are alpine species: examples from Cortinarius

How alpine are alpine species: examples from Cortinarius Ursula Peintner

Hundreds of alpine fungal taxa have been newly described from alpine habitats such as Salix herbacea, Dryas octopetala or Kobresia myosuroides habitats since the pioneering work of Jules Favre in the 1950ties. The main question is, whether these are good species or adaptations to an extreme habitat.

Comparative morphological and phylogenetic analyses will also enlighten which are the most important characters for species delimitation Cortinarius, on of the most important group of ectomycorrhizal Basidiomyctes.

Working group: WG Peintner