Peter E Mortimer, Kunming Institute of Botany, China

Peter Mortimer, an Associate Professor at the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), specializes in soil ecology, and more specifically fungal ecology. After having completed his PhD in plant physiology at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, Peter took up his current position at KIB in 2010. With financial support from CAS and the NSFC, Peter and his group are currently focusing their research efforts on mapping the biogeography of fungi (micro, macro, and freshwater fungi) in the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS), connecting fungal species distribution with environmental and geographic variables. In addition to this, Peter is also leading research into the domestication and cultivation of edible mushroom species from the GMS, with the end goal being the release of novel, commercially viable mushrooms into the market, and the integration of these systems into rural development projects. In addition to this work Peter is involved in a number of other research projects, including the role that mycorrhizal fungi play in influencing soil microbial communities during litter decomposition, studies involving symbiotic nitrogen fixation, and aspects of soil restoration with a focus on the role that microbial communities play in soil health.

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