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Natural Sciences and Engineering

Prof. dr. P.W.

Pedro Crous

Member since 2018

Pedro Crous is Professor of Fungal Biodiversity, Utrecht University, Professor of Evolutionary Phytopathology, Wageningen University & Research, and Director of the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pedro Crous’ motto is ‘Fungi are the future’ because they improve our quality of life.

Crous is one of the pioneers of fungal taxonomy and classification. He set up the MycoBank, an online database that streamlines the documentation of new mycological names. He is also one of the founders of a worldwide database of DNA barcodes for fungi that is available to researchers in agriculture, healthcare and industry.

In 2017, Crous launched a project for schoolchildren: ‘Wereldfaam, een schimmel met je naam’[World fame with a fungus that has your name]. After visiting a fungus exhibition, children were invited to send samples from their own gardens to the Westerdijk Institute. If the sample contained an unknown fungus, it was named after the child who sent it in. The project produced dozens of new fungi and is being imitated around the world.

Interests and expertise

Fungal systematics; Plant health; Fungal biobank

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