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I am currently Senior Researcher in Comparative Fungal Biology at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, UK and have an Honorary Lectureship in the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth Unviersity in Wales. See my page at Kew here.

I am broadly interested in documenting and understanding patterns of fungal diversity and distribution and the processes that give rise to and maintain them. I focus on the mushrooms and allies, one of the largest and most successful group of fungi, and I have a special interest in porcini (see my Kew Science blog on porcini here), Pterulaceae, tropical mushrooms, and fungus-insect interactions, especially the fungus-farming ant mutualism.

I have conducted fieldwork in the USA, Canada, Britain, Greece, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Madagascar, Cameroon, Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo), and Vietnam.


I graduated high-school from Duluth East (Duluth, MN) in 1996, received my B.A. in Biology (with Honors) in 2000 from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), and a Ph.D. in 2007 from the McLaughlin Mycology Lab in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota. I then spent two years at the Royal Ontario Museum/University of Toronto working on DNA barcoding in mushroom-forming fungi (Dentinger et al. 2010, Dentinger et al. 2011) with Dr. Jean-Marc Moncalvo. During that time I continued to pursue a project on mushroom mimicry in Dracula orchids (Dentinger & Roy 2010) that I conceived during the final year of my Ph.D. The project first received funding from the National Geographic Society in 2007/2008 and then the National Science Foundation in 2009 (-2012), in collabortion with Dr. Bitty Roy. In 2009 I spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Roy at the University of Oregon, serving as Co-PI on the Dracula project. Most of this project became the Ph.D. thesis of Dr. Tobias Policha.


DENTINGER B.T.M., E. Gaya, H. O’Brien, L.M. Suz, R. Lachlan, J. Díaz Valderrama, R. Koch, M.C. Aime (2015). Tales from the crypt: Genome mining from fungarium specimens improves resolution of the mushroom tree of life. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12553

Sarwar S, M Saba, AN Khalid, DENTINGER B.T.M. (2015, in press). Suillus marginielevatus, a new species and S. triacicularis, a new record from Western Himalaya, Pakistan. Phytotaxa

Lucas A & DENTINGER B.T.M. (2015, in press). Rectipilus afibulatus – a new cyphelloid mushroom (Agaricales) from Great Britain. Kew Bulletin.

Das K, D Chakraborty, A Baghela, SK Singh, DENTINGER B.T.M. (2015, in press). Boletus lakhanpalii, a new species in Boletaceae from Sikkim (India) with uncertain phylogenetic placement. Sydowia.

Weese D.J., K.D. Heath, B.T.M. DENTINGER, J.A. Lau. (2015). Long-term nitrogen addition causes the evolution of less cooperative mutualists. Evolution DOI: 10.1111/evo.12594

DENTINGER B.T.M. and L.M. Suz. (2014). What's for dinner?: Undescribed species of porcini in a commercial packet. PeerJ 2:e570 DOI 10.7717/peerj.570 SEE BELOW FOR MEDIA COVERAGE OF THIS ARTICLE

Halling R.E., D.E. Desjardin, N. Fechner, D. Arora, K. Soytong, B.T.M. DENTINGER. (2014). New porcini (Boletus sect. Boletus) from Australia and Thailand. Mycologia 106:830-834.

Halbwachs H., B.T.M. DENTINGER, A.P. Detheridge, P. Karasch, G.W. Griffith. (2013). Hyphae of waxcap fungi colonise plant roots. Fungal Ecology 6:487-492.

Lodge D.J., M. Padamsee, P.B. Matheny, M.C. Aime, S.A. Cantrell, D. Boertmann, A. Kovalenko, A. Vizzini, B.T.M. DENTINGER, P.M. Kirk, A.M. Ainsworth, J.-M. Moncalvo, R. Vilgalys, E. Larsson, R. Lucking, G.W. Griffith, M.E. Smith, L.L. Norvell, D.E. Desjardin, S.A. Redhead, C.L. Ovrebo, E.B. Lickey, E. Ercole, K.W. Hughes, R. Courtecuisse, A. Young, M. Binder, A.M. Minnis, D.L. Lindner, B. Ortiz-Santana, J. Haight, T. Laessoe, T.J. Baroni, J. Geml, T. Hattori. (2013). Molecular phylogeny, morphology, pigment chemistry and ecology in Hygrophoraceae (Agaricales). Fungal Diversity (doi:10.1007/s13225-013-0259-0) PDF

Ainsworth, A.M., P.F. Cannon, B.T.M. DENTINGER. (2013) DNA barcoding and morphological studies reveal two new species of waxcap mushrooms (Hygrophoraceae) in Britain. MycoKeys 7: 45-62. doi:10.3897/mycokeys.7.5860

Hustad, V.P., A.N. Miller, B.T.M. DENTINGER, P.F. Cannon. (2013). Generic circumscriptions in Geoglossomycetes. Persoonia 31: 101-111. PDF

Devey, D.S., F. Forest, F. Rakotonasolo, P. Ma, B.T.M. DENTINGER, S. Buerki. (2013). A snapshot of extinction in action: The decline and imminent demise of the endemic Eligmocarpus Capuron (Caesalpinioideae, Leguminosae) serves as an example of the fragility of Madagascan ecosystems. South African Journal of Botany 89:273-280.

Schoch, C.L.,...B. DENTINGER, et al. (2012). Nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region as a universal DNA barcode marker for Fungi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 109(16): 6241-6246. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1117018109

Le, X.T., N.L.Q. Hung, P.N. Duong, D.V. Hop, B.T.M. DENTINGER, J.-M. Moncalvo (2012). Tomophagus cattienensis sp. nov., a new Ganodermataceae species from Vietnam: Evidence from morphology and ITS DNA barcodes. Mycological Progress 11(3):775-780. PDF

DENTINGER, B.T.M., Didukh, M.Y. Moncalvo, J.-M. (2011). Comparing COI and ITS as DNA barcode markers for mushrooms and allies (Agaricomycotina). PLoS ONE 6(9): e25081. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025081

DENTINGER, B.T.M., J.F. Ammirati, E.E. Both, D.E. Desjardin, R.E. Halling, T.W. Henkel, P.-A. Moreau, E. Nagasawa, K. Soytong, A.F. Taylor, R. Watling, J.-M. Moncalvo, and D.J. McLaughlin. (2010). Molecular phylogenetics of porcini mushrooms (Boletus section Boletus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:1276-1292.

DENTINGER, B.T.M., and B.A. Roy. (2010). A mushroom by any other name would smell as sweet: Dracula orchids. McIlvainea 19(1):1-13.

DENTINGER, B.T.M., S. Margaritescu, and J.-M. Moncalvo. (2010). Rapid and reliable high-throughput methods of DNA extraction for use in barcoding and molecular systematics of mushrooms. Molecular Ecology Resources 10:628-633.

DENTINGER, B.T.M., D.J. Lodge, A.B. Munkacsi, D.E. Desjardin, and D.J. McLaughlin. (2009). Phylogenetic placement of an unusual coral mushroom challenges the classic hypothesis of strict coevolution in the Apterostigma pilosum group ant-fungus mutualism. Evolution 63(8):2172-2178.

Dickie, I.A., B.T.M. DENTINGER, P.G. Avis, D.J. McLaughlin, and P.B. Reich. (2009). Ectomycorrhizal fungal communities of oak savanna are distinct from forest communities. Mycologia 101(4):473-483.

McLaughlin, D.J., G.J. Celio, M. Padamsee, and B.T.M. DENTINGER. (2008). Cystidial structure in two genera of the Russulales. Botany 86(6):545-550.

Padamsee, M., P.B. Matheny, B.T.M. DENTINGER, and D.J. McLaughlin. (2008). The mushroom family Psathyrellaceae: evidence for large-scale polyphyly of the genus Psathyrella. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46(2):415-429.

Jenkinson, T.S., G.J. Celio, M. Padamsee, B.T.M. DENTINGER, M. Meyer, and D.J. McLaughlin. (2008). Conservation of cytoplasmic organization in the cystidia of Suillus species. Mycologia 100(4):539-547.

Celio, G.J., M. Padamsee, B.T.M. DENTINGER, K. Josephson, T.S. Jenkinson, E.G. McLaughlin, and D.J. McLaughlin. (2007). Septal pore apparatus and nuclear division of Auriscalpium vulgare. Mycologia 99(5):644-654.

Celio, G.J., M. Padamsee, B.T.M. DENTINGER, R. Bauer, and D.J. McLaughlin. (2006). Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life: Constructing the Structural and Biochemical Database. Mycologia 98(6):850-859.

DENTINGER, B.T.M. and D.J. McLaughlin. (2006). Reconstructing the Clavariaceae using nuclear large subunit rDNA sequences, and a new genus segregated from Clavaria. Mycologia 98(5):746-762.

Harsh, N.S.K., Y.P. Singh, H.K. Gupta, B.M. Mushra, D.J. McLaughlin, and B. DENTINGER. (2005). A new culm rot disease of bamboo in India and its management. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan 4(4):387-398.

Lutzoni, F., ...B. DENTINGER, et al. (2004). Assembling the fungal tree of life: progress, classification, and evolution of subcellular traits. American Journal of Botany 91(10):1446-1480.

Avis, P.G., D.J. McLaughlin, B.C. DENTINGER, and P.B. Reich. (2003). Long-term increase in nitrogen supply alters above-and below-ground ectomycorrhizal communities and increases the dominance of Russula spp. in a temperate oak savanna. New Phytologist 160:239-253.


DENTINGER, B.T.M. (2014). Pterula nudihortus Dentinger sp. nov., Pterula velohortus Dentinger sp. nov. Index Fungorum no. 98 PDF

DENTINGER, B.T.M. (2013). Boletus bainiugan Dentinger sp. nov., Boletus meiweiniuganjun Dentinger sp. nov., Boletus shiyong Dentinger sp. nov. Index Fungorum no. 29 PDF

Ainsworth A.M., J.H. Smith, L. Boddy, B.T.M. DENTINGER, M. Jordan, D. Parfiitt, H.J. Rogers, S.J. Skeates. (2013). Red List of Fungi for Great Britain: Boletaceae. A pilot conservation assessment based on national database records, fruit body morphology and DNA barcoding. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, 37pp, ISSN 1473-0154.

Cannon P.F., B.T.M. DENTINGER, A.M. Ainsworth, G.W. Griffith. (2013). Systematics, barcoding, and ecology of fungi from waxcap grasslands in England and Wales. Defra Final Project Report (WC0787). PDF

Hawksworth D.L., B.T.M. DENTINGER. (2013). Antibiotics: Relax UK import rule on fungi. Nature 496,169. doi:10.1038/496169b (Correspondence)

Bidartondo M., ..., B. DENTINGER, et al. (2008). Preserving accuracy in GenBank. Science 319: 1616 (Letter to Science).

DENTINGER, B. (2002). A ballistic introduction to the fungi. A book review of Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds by George Hudler. The Prairie Naturalist 1/2:67-68.


Media coverage of DENTINGER B.T.M. and L.M. Suz. (2014). What's for dinner?: Undescribed species of porcini in a commercial packet. PeerJ 2:e570


Society for General Microbiology: Microbe Talk

Radio: CBC, Deutschlandfunk (German Public Radio)


NPR The Salt

Other media

TV and Films in which I appear

The Creeping Garden A feature documentary film on slime molds

The Creeping Garden - official trailer from cinema iloobia on Vimeo.

BBC Four: The Magic of Mushrooms A feature documentary film on fungi hosted by Richard Fortey


BBC Radio 4 - Plants: From Roots to Riches Episode 4: Blight on the Landscape

BBC Radio 4 - Inside Science


BBC: coverage of fungi and fungal scultpures for autumn festival at Kew

BBC: television, radio, and internet coverage of UK "Waxtongue" conservation project

New Scientist: "Culture Club" coverage of Kew mycology and autumn festival

Kew Magazine: "The Magic of Mushrooms" by Rachel Mason Dentinger

Kew Magazine: "The Allure of Dracula" by Rachel Mason Dentinger


YouTube: Beyond the Gardens - The Fungarium at Kew Gardens

YouTube: sampling mushroom DNA on Whatman FTA cards

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