georgeg Curator

Joined: Sep 05, 2017 Last Active: May 22, 2022 iNaturalist United Kingdom

Plant scientist interested in the biology of bryophytes, lichens and their fungal symbionts. I am working on a PhD in plant developmental genetics & evolution, partly to understand the mechanisms by which mosses from stem cells and regenerate.

My website / blog on bryophilous ascomycetes (fungi) in the British Isles:

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.

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). It's worth being aware that these little things are not always identifiable to species or even genera from photographs, but we can often get closer than "Bryophyta" or "Fungi" for most of them. Microscopy is often required for more confident identifications.

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 (less and less lately). 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). I have less time for iNat than I used to so please tag me if you want me to take a look at observations.

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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