Robert W. Lichtwardt

Professor Emeritus
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Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1954

Trichomycetes – Fungi Associated with Arthropod

Current Research

Mycology. Fungi that parasitize or are symbiotically associated with insects, with emphasis on the systematics, physiology, nutrition, ecology, morphogenesis, ultrastructure, biogeography and evolution of the Trichomycetes, a class of fungi that live obligately within the guts of arthropods.

Representative Publications

  • Lichtwardt, R.W., M.C. Williams, and M. M. White.  2013.  Klastostachys, a new genus of Harpellales in Chironomidae larvae.  Mycologia 105: 90-111.
  • Lichtwardt, R. W. 2012.  Evolution of Trichomycetes. pp. 107-114. In: Misra, J.K., J.P. Tewari, and S.K. Deshmukh (eds.).  Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire.
  • Lichtwardt, R. W. 2012.  Trichomycete gut fungi from topical regions of the world.  Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 2397-2402.
  • Lichtwardt, R.W. ,and M.M. White. 2011. Epitypification of Smittium the largest genus of Harpellales. Mycologia 102..
  • Lichtwardt, R.W. 2011. Dacryodiomyces, a new genus of Harpellales in Chironomidae larvae. Mycologia 103..
  • Lichtwardt, R.W., and M.M. White. 2011. Klastostachys, a new genus of Harpellales in Chironomidae larvae. Mycologia 103..
  • Lichtwardt, R.W. 2011. Evolution of Trichomycetes. Chapter 5 in Systematics and Evolution of Fungi, J.K. Misra, J.P. Tiwari, S.K. Deshmukh, eds. Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire.
  • Lichtwardt, R.W. 2008. Trichomycetes and the arthropod gut, p. 3-19. In: The Mycota VI, Chapter 1,, Human and Animal Relations, 2nd Edition, A.A. Brakhage and P.F. Zipfel, eds. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  • Hibbett, D.S., Binder, M., Bischoff, J.F., Blackwell, M., Cannon, P.F., Eriksson, O.E., Huhndorf, S., James, T., Kirk, P.M., Lücking, R., Thorsten Lumbsch, H., Lutzoni, F., Matheny, P.B., McLaughlin, D.J., Powell, M.J., Redhead, S., Schoch, C.L., Spatafora, J.W., Stalpers, J.A., Vilgalys, R., Aime, M.C., Aptroot, A., Bauer, R., Begerow, D., Benny, G.L., Castlebury, L.A., Crous, P.W., Dai, Y.-C., Gams, W., Geiser, D.M. Griffith, G.W., Gueidan, C., Hawksworth, D.L., Hestmark, G., Hosaka, K., Humber, R.A., Hyde, K.D., Ironside, J.E., Köljalg, U., Kurtzman, C.P., Larsson, K.-H., Lichtwardt, R.W., Longcore, J., Miadlikowska, J., Miller, A., Moncalvo, J.-M., Mozley-Standridge, S., Oberwinkler, F., Parmasto, E., Reeb, V., Rogers, J.D., Roux, C., Ryvarden, L., Sampaio, J.P., Schüjler, A., Sugiyama, J., Thorn, R.G., Tibell, L., Untereiner, W.A., Walker, C., Wang, Z., Weir, A., Weiss, M., White, M.M., Winka, K., Yao, Y.-J., Zhang, N. 2007. A higher-level phylogenetic classification of the Fungi. Mycological Research 122: 509-547.
  • White, M.M., Siri, A., and Lichtwardt, R.W. 2006. Trichomycete insect symbionts in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and vicinity. Mycologia 98: 333-352.
  • Ferrington, L.C., Jr., Lichtwardt, R.W., Hayford, B., and Williams, M.C. 2005. Symbiotic Harpellales (Trichomycetes) in Tasmanian aquatic insects. Mycologia 97: 254-262.

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