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Andy Taylor

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Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Molecular Fungal Ecologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Current research interests

My major focus is on the roles of fungi in the environment, in particular mutualistic soil fungi that are essential for the healthy growth of most terrestrial plant species. My varied research topics mirror the diversity of fungi as a group and the many functional roles that they carry out in most ecosystems. A key aspect of my work is the detection and identification of fungi in environmental samples. Since even those species that produce visible structures above ground can present considerable problems for identification, a significant part of the research is focused on the development and use of molecular tools for accurate species identifications. These tools are also used to examine spatial structuring of populations and communities at both local and continental scales. I have written over 60 papers for international journals.


  • Gottlicher, S.G.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Grip, H.; Betson, N.R.; Valinger, E.; Hogberg, M.N.; Hogberg, P. (2008) The lateral spread of tree root systems in boreal forests: estimates based on 15N uptake and distribution of sporocarps of ectomycorrhizal fungi., Forest Ecology and Management, 255, 75-81.
  • Taylor, A.F.S. (2008) Missing links - &13C anomalies between substrates and consumers., New Phytologist, 177, 845-847.
  • Taylor, A.F.S.; Fransson, P.M.A. (2007) Natural abundance of 15N and 13C in saprotrophic fungi: what can they tell us?, In: Fungi in the environment (ed. Geoff Gadd). BMS Symposium, Nottingham, September 2004, pp141-157.
  • Nygren, C.M.R.; Edqvist, J.; Elfstrand, M.; Heller, G.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2007) Detection of extracellular protease activity in different species and genera of ectomycorrhizal fungi., Mycorrhiza, 17, 241-248.
  • Menkis, A.; Vasiliauskas, R.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Stenlid, J.; Finlay, R. (2007) Afforestation of abandoned farmland with conifer seedlings inoculated with three ectomycorrhizal fungi¿impact on plant performance and ectomycorrhizal community, Mycorrhiza, 17, 337-348.
  • Taylor, A.F.S.; Hills, A.E.; Simonini, G.; Munoz, J.A.; Eberhardt, U. (2007) Xerocomus silwoodensis sp. Nov., a new species within the European X. subtomentosus complex., Mycological Research, 111, 403-408.
  • Clemencon H.; Hosaka K.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2007) Rhizomorph anatomy confirms the taxonomic position of Sclerogaster (Phallomycetidae, Basidiomycota)., Mycotaxon, 100, 85-95.
  • Taylor, A.F.S.; Alexander, I.J. (2006) Ectomycorrhizas: life in the real world., Mycologist, 19, 102-112.
  • Menkis, A.; Vasiliauskas, R.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Stenstrom, E.; Stenlid, J.; Finlay, R. (2006) Fungi in decayed roots of conifer seedlings in forest nurseries, afforested clear-cuts and abandoned farmland., Plant Pathology, 55, 117-129.
  • Taylor, A F.S.; Hills, A.; Simonini, G.; Both, E.E.; Eberhardt, U. (2006) Detection of species within the Xerocomus subtomentosus complex in Europe using rDNA-ITS sequences., Mycological Research, 110, 276-287.
  • Taylor, A.F.S. (2006) Common mycelial networks: life-lines and radical addictions., New Phytologist, 169, 6-8.
  • Toljander, J .F.; Eberhardt, U.; Toljander, Y. K.; Paul, L.R.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2006) Species composition of an ectomycorrhizal fungal community along a local nutrient gradient in a boreal forest., New Phytologist, 170, 873-884.
  • Eberhardt, U.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2005) Molecular systematics of boletoid fungi., In: Fungi Europaei, Volume 2: Boletus s.l.: Strobilomycetaceae, Gyroporaceae, Gyrodontaceae, Suillaceae, Boletaceae ( J.A. Munoz). pp35-43.
  • Fransson, P.M.A.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Finlay, R.D. (2005) Mycelial production, spread and root colonisation by the ectomycorrhizal fungi Hebeloma crustuliniforme and Paxillus involutus under elevated atmospheric CO2., Mycorrhiza, 15, 25-31.
  • Menkis, A.; Vasiliauskas, R.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Stenlid, J.; Finlay, R. (2005) Fungal communities in mycorrhizal roots of conifer seedlings in forest nurseries under different cultivation systems, assessed by morphotyping, direct sequencing and mycelial isolation., Mycorrhiza, 16, 33-41.
  • Rosling, A.; Lindahl, B.D.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Finlay, R.D. (2004) Mycelial growth and substrate acidification of ectomycorrhizal fungi in response to different minerals., FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 47, 31-37.
  • Johanson, K.J.; Nikolova, I.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Vinichuk, M.M. (2004) Uptake of elements by fungi in the Forsmark area. Technical Report (No. TR-04-26) Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Technical Report (No. TR-04-26) Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co.
  • Vinichuk, M. M.; Johanson, K.J.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2004) 137Cs in the fungal compartment of Swedish forest soils., Science of the Total Environment, 323, 243-251.
  • Lindahl,B.L.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2004) Occurrence of N-acetylhexosaminidase-encoding genes in ectomycorrhizal basidiomycetes., New Phytologist, 164, 193-199.
  • Puttsepp, U.; Rosling, A.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2004) Ectomycorrhizal fungal communities associated with Salix viminalis L. and S. dasyclados Wimm. clones in a short-rotation forestry plantation., Forest Ecology and Management, 196, 413-424.
  • Taylor, A.F.S.; Gebauer, G.; Read, D.J. (2004) Uptake of nitrogen and carbon from double-labelled (15N and 13C) glycine by mycorrhizal pine seedlings., New Phytologist, 164, 383-388.
  • Chen, D.M.; Bastias, B.A.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Cairney, J.W.G. (2003) Identification of laccase-like genes in ectomycorrhizal basidiomycetes and transcriptional regulation in Piloderma byssinum (P.Karst.). Julich by nitrogen., New Phytologist, 157: 547-554
  • Rosling, A.; Landeweert, R.; Lindahl, B.D.; Larsson, K.-H.; Kuyper, T.W.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Finlay, R.D. (2003) Vertical distribution of ectomycorrhizal fungal taxa in a podzol soil profile., New Phytologist, 159, 775-783.
  • Cairney, J.W.G.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Burke, R.M. (2003) No evidence for lignase peroxidase genes in ectomycorrhizal fungi., New Phytologist, 160, 461-462.
  • Taylor, A.F.S.; Fransson, P.M.A.; Hogberg, P.; Hogberg, M.; Plamboeck, A.H. (2003) Species level patterns in 13C and 15N abundance of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic fungal sporocarps., New Phytologist, 159, 757-774.
  • Taylor, A.F.S.; Finlay R.D. (2003) Effects of liming and ash application on below ground ectomycorrhizal community structure in two Norway spruce forests., Water, Air and Soil Pollution: Focus, 3, 63-76.
  • Vralstad, T.; Schumacher, T.; Taylor, A F.S. (2002) Mycorrhizal synthesis between fungal strains of the Hymenoscyphus ericae aggregate and potential ectomycorrhizal and ericoid hosts., New Phytologist, 153, 143-152.
  • Lindahl, B.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Finlay, R. (2002) Defining nutritional constraints on carbon cycling - towards a less "phytocentric" perspective., Plant and Soil, 242, 123-135.
  • Rangel-Castro, J.I.; Danell, E.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2002) The use of different nitrogen sources by the edible ectomycorrhizal mushroom Cantharellus cibarius., Mycorrhiza, 12, 131-137.
  • Taylor, A.F.S. (2002) Fungal diversity in ectomycorrhizal communities: Sampling effort and species detection., Plant and Soil, 244, 19-28.
  • Erland, S.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2002) Diversity of ectomycorrhizal communities in relation to the abiotic environment., In: The Ecology of Mycorrhizas (eds. M. Van der Heijden and . Sanders). Ecological Studies Series. Volume. 157, Springer-Verlag, pp163-200.

  • Taylor, Andy F. S.; Freitag, T.; Robinson, Lucinda J.; White, Duncan (2021) Advances in measuring soil health, Book chapter entitled "Characterisation of fungal communities and functions in agricultural soils"
  • Taylor, A.F.S. (2010) Fungi., In: Jeffery, S. & et al (eds.). European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg,, Section 2, III, 94pp.
  • Taylor, A.F.S. (2010) Approaches to soil biodiversity monitoring., In: European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity (eds. S. Jeffery et al). European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, Chapter 8.3, pp80.
  • Taylor, A.F.S. (2010) Boreal forest fungi., In: Cunningham, A.B. & Yang, X. (eds.). Mushrooms in Forests and Woodlands: Resource management ,values and local livelihoods. Earthscan, London, 123-127. Part of chapter 6, Hidden world, crucial role: the ecology of fungi and mushrooms, box 6.3, pp123-127.
  • Knudsen, H.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2008) Funga Nordica: keys to the boletales., In: Vesterholt, J. & Knudsen, H. (eds.). Funga Nordica. Nordsvamp, Copenhagen, 149-179.

  • Baggaley, N.; Britton, A.; Barnes, A.; Buckingham, S.; Holland, J.; Lilly, A.; Pakeman, R.; Rees, B.; Taylor, A.; Yeluripati, J. (2021) Understanding carbon sequestration in upland habitats, Climate x Change Research Report
  • Taylor, A.F.S.; Britton, A.J.; Stockan, J.A. (2021) Conservation translocation for ecosystem restoration., Report to NatureScot.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Broome, A.; Harmer, R.; Beaton, J.K.; Bellamy, P.E.; Brooker, R.W.; Duncan, R.; Ellis, C.J.; Hester, A.J.; Hodgetts, N.G.; Iason, G.R.; Littlewood, N.A.; Mackinnon, M.; Pakeman, R.J.; Pozsgai, G.; Ramsey S.; Riach, D.; Stockan, J. A.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Woodward, S. (2014) Assessing and addressing the impacts of ash dieback on UK woodlands and trees of conservation importance (Phase 2)., Natural England Report.
  • Taylor, A.F.S.; Holden, E.M.; Kilkenny, N.; Potts, J.M.; Genney, D.R. (2014) Development of a surveillance scheme for priority fungi in Scotland., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 762.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Bailey, S.; Beaton, J.K.; Bellamy, P.E.; Brooker, R.W.; Broome, A.; Chetcuti, J.; Eaton, S.; Ellis, C.J.; Farren, J.; Gimona, A.; Goldberg, E.; Hall, J.; Harmer, R.; Hester, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Hodgetts, N.G.; Hooper, R.J.; Howe, L.; Iason, G.R.; Kerr, G.; Littlewood, N.A.; Morgan, V.; Newey, S.; Potts, J.M.; Pozsgai, G.; Ray, D.; Sim, D.A.; Stockan, J.A.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Woodward, S. (2013) Ash dieback: impacts on other species and understanding the ecology of ash., Report to JNCC.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Beesley, L.; Briggs, R.; Cuthbert, A.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hewison, R.L.; Kerr, C.; Leith, I.D.; Owen, I.J.; Potts, J.M.; Newman, G.; Smith, D.; Shephard, L.J.; Sturgeon, F.; Taylor, A.F.S.; White, D.; Williams, A.; Williams, E.; Black, H.I.J. (2013) Testing soil quality indicators., Report to SEPA.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Stockan, J.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Hester, A.J. (2012) Comments on the Cairngorm Nature Draft Action Plan from the James Hutton Institute., Cairngorms National Park Consultation on the Cairngorms Nature Draft Action Plan.
  • Pakeman, R,J.; Beale, C.; Brooker, R,; Chamberlain, D.; Demars, B.O.L.; Iason, G.R.; McLeod, J.; Littlewood, N.; Lisewski, V.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2011) Prioritising species and habitat actions by Local Biodiversity Action Partnerships in Scotland., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Black, H.I.J.; Britton, A.J.; Helliwell, R.C.; Langan, S.J.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Booth P.D. (2009) To establish soil indicators to assess the impact of atmospheric deposition on environmentally senstive areas., Consultancy Service, SEPA.

  • Randerson, P.; Avery, L.M.; Hough, R.L.; Taylor, A.; Freitag, T.; Jefferson, B.; Tyrrel, S. (2012) Optimising wastewater irrigation of short rotation coppice for sustainable water and energy: a systems approach., Constructed Wetlands Association AGM, Slimbridge, UK.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Smart, C.; Toftegaard, T.; Tajuddin, R.; Chambers, S.M.; Cairney, J.W.G.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Grelet, G. (2010) Laccase genetic diversity and regulation of enzyme production in ericoid mycorrhizal fungi and related taxa within the Helotiales., International Mycological Congress, IMC9, Edinburgh, 1-6 August 2010.

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