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Andy Taylor

Staff picture: Andy Taylor
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.


  • 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.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.