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Residence  UK
Fields  Mycology
Name  Derek Reid
Nationality  British

Born  2 September 1927 Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire (1927-09-02)
Institutions  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Known for  Contributions to taxonomic mycology
Died  January 18, 2006, Chichester, United Kingdom
Institution  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Books  Mushrooms and Toadstools

Author abbrev. (botany)  D.A. Reid

Derek reid

Derek Agutter Reid (2 September 1927 – 18 January 2006) was an English mycologist.


Background and education

Reid was born in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, the son of a picture-framer. He was educated at Cedars School and the University of Hull, where he studied geology and botany. He gained his PhD from the University of London in 1964, for a thesis (later published) on stipitate stereoid fungi.

Mycological career and travels

In 1951, he became assistant to Dr R.W.G. Dennis, head of mycology at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. On his retirement in 1975, Derek Reid took over his position and remained at Kew till his own retirement in 1987.

Derek Reid was a naturalist and enthusiastic field mycologist, leading regular fungus forays in his native Bedfordshire for over 40 years, as well as tutoring fungus identification courses at Field Studies Centres, and evening classes at the University of London. He published a popular field guide to British mushrooms and toadstools in 1980. He was also able to travel far more widely than his predecessors at Kew, visiting and collecting fungi in continental Europe, the United States, the West Indies, Australia, and South Africa. His particular interest in South African fungi led to several joint papers with his fellow mycologist Prof. Albert Eicker at the University of Pretoria. In 1989, after his retirement from Kew, Reid stayed for some while in Pretoria, as Visiting Professor at the university.

Derek Reid's main interest was in the taxonomy of fungi, especially (but not exclusively) the Basidiomycota. He published over 200 papers on British and overseas species, mostly on agarics but also on heterobasidiomycetes, gasteromycetes, and other macrofungi, describing many new species. Several fungal species have been named after him, including Volvariella reidii, Peniophora reidii, and the common European waxcap Hygrocybe reidii.

Selected publications

  • Reid, D.A. (1955). New or interesting records of Australasian basidiomycetes. Kew Bulletin 1955: 631-648
  • Reid, D.A. (1965). A monograph of the stipitate stereoid fungi. (Beihefte zur Nova Hedwigia 18) 388 pp., 50 pls
  • Reid, D.A. (1974). A monograph of the British Dacrymycetales. Transactions of the British Mycological Society 62: 433-494
  • Reid, D.A. (1977). Some gasteromycetes from Trinidad and Tobago. Kew Bulletin 31: 657-690
  • Reid, D. A. (1979). "A Monograph of the Australian Species of Amanita Pers. ex Hook. (Fungi)". Australian Journal of Botany Supplementary Series. 10 (8). 
  • Reid, D.A. (1980). Mushrooms and toadstools. London: Kingfisher
  • Reid, D.A. (1990). New or interesting records of British heterobasidiomycetes. Mycological Research 94: 94-108
  • Reid, D.A. & Eicker, A. (1991). A taxonomic survey of the genus Montagnea with special reference to South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 57: 161-170
  • References

    Derek Reid Wikipedia

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