Research contents and objectives


Based on the gilled mushrooms survey, we choose the important group to carry out comprehensively molecular phylogenetic and DNA barcoding researches.  In the phylogenetic research, multigene are used in analysis, furthermore, the DNA data from fossil mushrooms are introduced to calibrate the age of each monophyletic lineages and the divergent time is introduced as an important critical to set a taxonomic system.  During this process, we follow a basic science logic, which the same taxonomic rank should be divergent in the similar time; and the higher rank should be older than those of younger rank.  Finally a natural taxonomic system on those important groups would be established. We will re-recognize the species concept in phylogenetic view, discovery new species and other ranking taxa, new taxonomic systems, new DNA barcoding genes, and all of those would be contribute to improve mushrooms cultivation industry of China too.


1)      The biodiversity of gilled mushrooms

2)      Molecular phylogenetics and DNA Barcoding on important groups

3)      The deeply biological research on important species and groups


Research grants:


1)      Project “Systematics researches on the genus Agaricus from China” from National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31470152 to Ruilin Zhao) in 2015-2018

2)      Project “Systematics and DNA Barcoding researches on the genus Agaricus and allied genera from Henduan Mountain Area of China” from National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31360014 to Ruilin Zhao) in 2014-2017.

3)      Project “Phylogeny of Agaricaeae” from Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences for talent introduction (No. Y554011SR2) in 2015-2017.

4)      Project “Biodiversity of the genus Agaricus from Southwest of China” from National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31000013 to Zhao Ruilin) in 2011-2013.

5)      Project “Characterization of major clades in tropical Agaricus” from European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (WP2-2010 integrating research grant to Philippe Callac) in 2010

6)      Project “Inventory and taxonomy of Agaricus species in Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Yunnan (China); domestication and evaluation of species of nutritional or medicinal interest” from the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Project AGASIA in the framework of the regional program Bio-Asie to Philippe Callac) in 2012-2013

7)      Project “Barcoding research on the genus Agaricus” from West Light Foundation of the Chinese Academy of sciences to Zhao Ruilin in 2012-2014.

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