Curator of Mycology, Institute of Systematic Botany
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Agaricales and Boletales (mushrooms, puffballs and related groups)
Fungi (Mushrooms and related fungi)
Major research emphasis is on the classification, systematics, biogeography, and diversity of mushrooms. Mushrooms are important in the world’s ecosystems as primary decomposers, litter binders, and nutrient recyclers. In addition, they form obligate and necessary root symbioses with forest trees to maintain ecosystem health and integrity. Explorations and inventory of fungal diversity requires field work around the world in northern and southern temperate zones as well as the neo- and paleotropics. Continuing field efforts in these areas have added substantially to general investigations on tropical and temperate fungi. Currently, explorations are emphasizing surveys to document the diversity, evolutionary & mycorrhizal relationships, and distribution of the Boletineae (a suborder of porcini-like mushrooms). International collaboration with other specialists is underway on systematics, biogeography and phylogeny of Bolete mushrooms with particular emphasis in Australia and SE Asia.
Han, L.H., B. Feng, G. Wu, R.E. Halling, B. Buyck, N.S. Yorou, S.T.N. Ebika, Z.L. Yang. 2017. African origin and global distribution patterns: Evidence inferred from phylogenetic and biogeographical analyses of ectomycorrhizal fungal genus Strobilomyces.
Journal of Biogeography (DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13094)
Fechner, N., G Bonito, N.L. Bougher, T. Lebel, R.E. Halling. 2017.
New species of Austroboletus (Boletaceae) in Australia.
Mycological Progress 16: 769-775.
Chakraborty, D., K. Das, A. Baghela, S. Adhikari, R.E. Halling. 2017.
A new species of porcini mushroom from India with morphology and phylogeny.
Nova Hedwigia 105(1-2): 197-204.
Han, L.H., B. Buyck, N.S. Yorou, R.E. Halling, Z.-L. Yang. 2017.
Afroboletus sequestratus (Boletales), the first species with sequestrate basidioma in the genus.
Phytotaxa 305(1): 11-20.
Wu, G., K. Zhao, Y.-C. Li, N.-K. Zeng, B. Feng, R.E. Halling, Z.-L. Yang. 2016.
Four new genera of the fungal family Boletaceae.
Fungal Diversity 81: 1-24.
Zhao, K., G. Wu, R.E. Halling, Z.L. Yang. 2015.
Three new combinations in Butyriboletus (Boletaceae).
Phytotaxa 234(1): 51-62.
Halling, R.E., N. Fechner, M. Nuhn, T. Osmundson, K. Soytong, D. Arora, M. Binder, D. Hibbett. 2015.
Evolutionary relationships of Heimioporus and Boletellus (Boletales), with an emphasis on Australian taxa including new species and new combinations in Aureoboletus, Hemileccinum and Xerocomus.
Austral. Syst. Bot. 28(1): 1–22.
Zhu, X.-T, G. Wu, K. Zhao, R.E. Halling, Z.-L. Yang. 2015.
Hourangia, a new genus of Boletaceae to accommodate Xerocomus cheoi and its allied species.
Mycol. Progress 14:37 (DOI 10.1007/s11557-015-1060-0).
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.
Davoodian, N., R.E. Halling. 2013.
Validation and typification of Gyroporus purpurinus.
Mycotaxon 125: 103-105.
Kuo, M, A.S. Methven, A.M. Minnis, R.E. Halling. 2013.
Studies of North American macrofungi, 1. Validation of Lactarius rubidus comb. nov. and Leccinellum quercophilum sp. nov.
Mycotaxon 124: 323-332
Nuhn, M., M. Binder, A.F.S. Taylor, R.E. Halling, D.S. Hibbett. 2013.
Phylogenetic overview of the Boletineae.
Fungal Biology 117: 479-511.
Trappe, J.M., M.A. Castellano, R.E. Halling, T.W. Osmundson, M. Binder, N. Fechner, N. Malajczuk. 2013.
Australasian sequestrate fungi 18: Solioccasus polychromus gen. & sp. nov., a richly colored, tropical to subtropical, hypogeous fungus.
Mycologia 105: 888-895.
Halling, R.E., Nuhn, T.W. Osmundson, N.A. Fechner, J.M. Trappe, K. Soytong, D. Arora, D. S. Hibbett, M. Binder. 2012.
Affinities of the Boletus chromapes group to Royoungia and the description of two new genera, Harrya and Australopilus.
Australian Systematic Botany 25: 418-431.
Halling, R.E., Nuhn, N.A. Fechner, T.W. Osmundson, K. Soytong, D. Arora, D. S. Hibbett, M. Binder. 2012.
Sutorius: a new genus for Boletus eximius.
Mycologia 104: 951-961.