Polyporales family-level classification published

The final paper of the “PolyPEET” project has just appeared in Fungal Biology:

Alfredo Justo, Otto Miettinen, Dimitrios Floudas, Beatriz Ortiz-Santana, Elisabet Sjökvist, Daniel Lindner, Karen Nakasone, Tuomo Niemelä, Karl-Henrik Larsson, Leif Ryvarden, David S. Hibbett, A revised family-level classification of the Polyporales (Basidiomycota), Fungal Biology, Available online 16 June 2017, ISSN 1878-6146, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.funbio.2017.05.010 PDF: Justo et al. 2017

This paper is the culmination of seven years of research supported by US National Science Foundation grant DEB-0933081, which was awarded in the last year of the Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy Program. Here, we divide the Polyporales into eighteen families based on combined analyses of nrLSU, nrITS, and rpb1 genes. Only three of the families are new (Cerrenaceae fam. nov., Gelatoporiaceae fam. nov., Panaceae fam. nov.); the rest are drawn from ca. 40 previously published, nomenclaturally valid family names. It is our hope that the classification proposed here will promote further taxonomic studies at all levels within the Polyporales.

We are grateful to many collaborators and former members of the our lab at Clark for their support of PolyPEET, including Manfred Binder, Alexis Carlson, Romina Gazis, Rachael Martin, Mitchell Nuhn, Laszlo Nagy, and Jaya Seelan. We gratefully acknowledge the support and advice of Harold H. Burdsall. We also take this opportunity to recognize the contributions of Robert L. Gilbertson, whose work provided essential resources for our research.