Environmental Mycology & Mycological Systematics

My research is focussed around fungal systematics, fungal communities and their interactions with the environment. I am also very interested in ethnomycology, which is always including medicinal and practical aspects of fungi. The Mycological Collection (IB) is a very important source of fungal reference material for sequence databases and for morphological comparison. I am curating the Mycological Collection (IB) together with Regina Kuhnert.


  • Fungal communities and their interactions in the alpine environment
  • Systematics and phylogeny of Basidiomycota
  • Medicinal Fungi


  • Sequencing of Barcoding Genes and Protein Coding Genes for Molecular Systematics and phylogenetic analyses with PAUP*, MEGA, MrBayes, R.
  • In Vitro Susceptibility Testing of Fungi
  • Next Generation Sequencing and bioinformatics of NGS data
  • Identification of fungi in the environment, especially of basidiomycota, anamorphic fungi and ectomycorrhizae

Key Publications

Garnica S, et al. 2016. Determining threshold values for barcoding fungi: lessons from Cortinarius (Basidiomycota), a highly diverse and widespread ectomycorrhizal genus. Fems Microbiology Ecology 92:fiw045.
Rainer G, Kuhnert-Finkernagel R, Unterholzner M, Dresch P, Gruber A, Peintner U. 2015. Host-Specialist Dominated Ectomycorrhizal Communities of Pinus cembra are not affected by temperature manipulation. Journal of Fungi 1:55-75
Grienke U, Zöll M, Peintner U, Rollinger JM. 2014. European medicinal polypores - A modern view on traditional uses. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 154:564-583.


Group Leader

Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Ursula Peintner

University of Innsbruck

Institute of Microbiology

Technikerstraße 25, 6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507 51260

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Group Members

  • Regina Kuhnert

    Curator of the Mycological Collection IB, Technician, Lecturer;Herbariology, Soil Biology; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.