(Andreas) Dries Van den Broeck

Research scientist lichenology
Department: Research
Contact: dries.vandenbroeck@plantentuinmeise.be
Phone: +32 472 57 04 28

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Dries Van den Broeck

My research focuses on the taxonomy of the Arthoniales, an order that includes c. 55 genera and c. 1500 species of mainly lichenized, more rarely lichenicolous and saprophytic fungi, with a particular interest for Central Africa. I conducted field work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Boyekoli Ebale Congo 2010, COBIMFO project), Uganda and Tanzania, leading to the publication of several new species and one new genus. The study of herbarium material made by other lichenologists also led to the discovery of new species.

At present my research focuses on the genera Coniocarpon and Arthothelium.

Besides this, several floristic studies are performed every year to improve the lichen checklist of Belgium and Luxembourg, the floristic database and the atlas of distribution maps (http://www.lichenology.info). In collaboration with members of the WBL and Colybia the mains focus at present is on the inventarisation of lichens and lichenicolous fungi in the province of Antwerp (atlasproject). Until now 349 lichens and 30 lichenicolous fungi have been discovered. Results are mainly published in Muscillanea and on the website of the WBL (www.mossenkorstmossen.be). Upon request I identify lichens and lichenicolous fungi collected and/or photographed by people.

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