Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fungi Expert Finds New Species in His Shopping

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fungi Expert Finds New Species in His Shopping

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Byline: Ben Morgan

A BOTANIST at Kew Gardens called for tighter regulation on imported exotic foods after discovering three neverbefore-seen species of mushroom in a packet of porcinis.

Dr Bryn Dentinger, 36, made the find after putting the PS1.29 bag of dried fungi bought by wife Rachel from a shop near their home in Isleworth through a DNA barcode test.

Dr Dentinger, head of mycology at the Royal Botanic Gardens, discovered that of the 15 mushrooms tested, three were unknown to science.

His findings were published in the journal PeerJ. Dr Dentinger said that while all known varieties of porcini are safe to eat, the find raised questions over the labelling of imported foods.

He added: "I have studied porcinis for 10 years and my wife saw the packet in the shop and thought I would be interested as it had an unusual label.

"I did not think we would find three new species. None of them had scientific names, so these were essentially new species to science. …

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