georgeg Kuraattori

Liittynyt: 5. syyskuuta 2017 Viimeksi aktiivinen: 7. joulukuuta 2021 iNaturalist United Kingdom

Interested in the biology of bryophytes, lichens and their fungal symbionts.

Managing the informal British and Irish Bryophilous Fungi Herbarium, which will be sent to join the collection at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the future. Why do I bother with these obscure things? Because bryophyte-associated fungi are poorly studied and, as a result, we have very little knowledge of how half of the plant kingdom interacts with microbes, so learning about these fungi helps us understand how ecosystems are put together. They are also fascinating and I am obsessive :)

I like to go over all UK bryophyte observations in particular but am happy to look at observations from anywhere. All of my IDs are hypotheses based on photographs provided and as such there is an error rate (I'm only human). Naturalists should be aware that cryptogams are not always identifiable from photographs but we can often get closer than "Bryophyta" or "Fungi".

Note: I check over a large number of bryophyte observations and sometimes do not provide reasons for ID because I do not always have much time. If you would like to know why an ID was suggested, feel free to comment or to message me, or try Googling the species (Latin names).

Happy to help anybody get started with bryology, particularly in the UK as I am most familiar with the plants here.

More pics on Twitter: @ilichenmoss

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