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PD Dr. Peter Döbbeler


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Department Biologie I
Systematische Botanik und Mykologie
Menzinger Straße 67
80638 München


Fon:089 17861-267
Fax:+49 89 172638
Room:231a, second floor



Curriculum vitae

Born 1946 in Olpe (Germany). University studies in Berlin (Diploma 1973), Graz (1972 – 1975), and München (Ph.D. 1977). 1975 – 2011 scientific staff member at the Institute for Systematic Botany of the University of München. 1987 – 1992 lecturer at the Escuela de Biología, Universidad de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica.

Research interests

Taxonomy and biology of bryophilous ascomycetes with emphasis on Central European species, and species infecting epiphyllous hepatics and Polytrichaceae

Ascomycetes on bryophytes: systematics and biology


Bryophilous ascomycetes are ecologically defined as lichenicolous, coprophilous or marine fungi. The only common character they share is their occurrence on bryophytes. Hepaticolous fungi infect both thallose and foliose hepatics, while muscicolous species infect mosses. More specific terms are sometimes used for the parasites of some well-known and frequently infected taxa, e.g. frullaniicolous species occur on Frullania, sphagnicolous species on Sphagnum, and polytrichicolous species on Polytrichaceae. Perianthicolous species attack the developing sporophytes within the perianths of hepatics. Bryophily is a life strategy that has evolved independently in many non-related fungal lineages. Accordingly, bryophilous species represent a heterogeneous assemblage of symbionts of quite different systematic position, mode of nutrition, host selection and geographical distribution. Due to this exceptionally high diversity bryophilous ascomycetes exhibit many characters that are known in other ascomycetes. Bryomycology is the study of these fungi. It provides a plethora of novel fungal taxa, unrecorded hosts, and hitherto unknown characters, such as the formation of intracellular ascomata, leaf-perforating ascomata, unique ascospore types, and subterranean rhizoid galls.

Bryophytes are unique hosts
Systematic position and number of species
Parasitic behaviour
Microniches occupied
Hyphal and ascospore features
Adaptations to bryophily
Host ranges
Frequency and geographic distribution
How to find bryophilous ascomycetes
Why study bryophilous ascomycetes?
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Last update: 2018-07-30