Dr. Arthur A Callaghan PhD, MSc (mycology), MSc (ecology), PGCE

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Research Focus

Leaf-litter natural history (Ecology) of Conidiobolus and Basidiobolus species

Scientific Activities

Review in progress of > 30 years of Conidiobolus and Basidiobolus, at Keele University Plantations, in relation to habitat, season and invertebrate vectors. Also, a review of data on invertebrate visitors to buried pregrown baits of target fungi and others. Current fieldwork uses habitats at Beeston Castle, Cheshire (Keele habitats have been 'clear-felled' and are no longer available). Burial bait experimenrs continue and the ability of litter particles to enhance life-cycle stages as alternatives to globose conidia are in progress. The overall aim is to explore the interactions of the target species and the invertebrate fauna

Significant Publications

Callaghan A A , 2004. Disclosure of Conidiobolus and Basidiobolus from soils and leaf litters. Series: Teaching Techniques for Mycology. Mycologist, 18 (1) 29-82.

Manning R J and Callaghan A A , 2008. Pathogenicity of Conidiobolus species and Basidiobolus ranarum to arthropods co-occuring in leaf-litter. Fungal Ecology, 1 (1) 33-39.

Hopkins I J and Callaghan A A , 2010. Survival of Conidiobolus species and Basidiobolus ranarum in relation to Relative Humidity and temperature. Fungal Ecology, 3 (3) 142-159


Contact information

Science Centre Leek Road

Email: a.a.callaghan@staffs.ac.uk