Pedro Crous, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, The Netherlands

Pedro Crous

Pedro Crous is director of the oldest and largest microbial biological resource centre for fungi, the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute. He is currently professor at Utrecht and Wageningen (NL), Murdoch and Melbourne (AUS), Stellenbosch, Free State and Pretoria (SA), and Chiang Mai (Thailand). He is executive or managing editor of three of the top journals in mycology, namely Studies in Mycology (IF=14), Persoonia (IF=7.5), and IMA Fungus (IF=4.6). He is secretary-general of the International Mycological Association, and member of numerous scientific organizations, being Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (Belgium), Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, and Honorary Member of the Mycological Society of America, and Mycological Society of India. He has received the President’s award from the SA Foundation of Research Development, Alexopolous Award from the Mycological Society of America, Havenga Award for Biological Sciences from the SA Academy for Arts and Science, Christiaan Hendrik Persoon Gold Medal from the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, and the Founders’ Award from the European Mycological Association. As phytomycologist, his research focuses on biosecurity and trade, the identification of fungal plant pathogens, and how this relates to host specificity and speciation. In this regard he launched MycoBank, the world’s largest database for fungal names and metadata, with more than 2500 distinct users per day, to coordinate global research on fungal biodiversity. He has described several thousand fungal taxa, and is a key role player in DNA barcoding of fungi. He has published more than 600 papers in ISI rated journals, and 30 books, and is listed among the highest cited researchers (Plant and Animal Science) by Thomson Reuters.

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