Introduction | Taxa DB | Literature | Identification | Techniques | People

Welcome to Russulales News!

Welcome to the new Russulales News web-site! It is with great pleasure that we announce that Russulales News, the newsletter published from 1991 to 1996 and dedicated to the study of Russulales is finally back... on the web. We still have a long way to go before we will attain our goal, but at least you will be able to see it grow now...

Russulales are often very colourful fungi: the blue Lactarius indigo (see larger picture) is perhaps one of the most striking ones.
(Photo © Bart Buyck)

With the advent of new web technologies and the improved accessibility of this medium to mycologists all over the world, a website seemed preferable over the distribution of a printed document, especially as the website will offer continuously updated and easily searchable databases.

The information contained in the databases is still incomplete, but we are working hard to complete this and we extend our thanks to the mycologists who have helped in the past or still are helping with this huge task. To see some examples of what kind of information we hope to offer for species, you can try and click here.

This website is no longer the one-man's initiative of the printed Russulales News: it has evolved into a joint effort of an international team of enthusiastic, young mycologists (see 'People'). It hopes to cover all aspects of Russulales worldwide and in the phylogenetic sense of the order: all groups of mushrooms that share a common ancestor with Russula and Lactarius. Indeed, the recent technological progress in systematics confirms the considerable morphological diversity of the various mushrooms that are close to Russula and Lactarius and that are now grouped in the order Russulales (see 'what are russulales'). The mycologists that will keep this website up-to-date, therefore, may have very different interests, these can be with hypogeous as well as with resupinate taxa instead or with the typical agaricoid Russula or Lactarius.


Literature DB

It is eventually possible to consult our literature DB, which comprehends to date 4216 books and articles variously related to the Russulales.
(last update: 14/09/2016)


We have 390 species illustrated by colour photographs, and more are being added...
Last additions:
 • L. illyricus
 • L. volemus
 • R. terenopus
 • R. risigallina
 • R. cremeoavellanea
 • R. fragrantissima
 • R. parodorata
 • R. cyanoxantha
(see the complete list...)

Taxa DB

Browse through our nomenclator:
3553 Russula names
   (updated 01/01/2024)
2305 Lactarius names
   (updated 01/01/2024)
12 Multifurca names
   (updated 28/07/2008)
469 sequestrate Russulales names
   (updated 04/04/2011)
46 corticioid Russulales names
   (updated 04/04/2011)

Write us!

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Latest publications dealing with Russulales

Das, K., Atri, N.S. & Buyck, B. (2013) – Three new species of Russula (Russulales) from India. Mycosphere 4 (4): 722-732.

Joshi, S., Vishwakarma, M.P., Mahar, R. & Bhatt, R.P. (2013) – Medicinally important and edible species of genus Lactarius from Garhwal Himalaya, India. Mycosphere 4 (4): 714-720.

Montoya, L., Bandala, V.M., Haug, I. & Stubbe, D. (2012) – A new species of Lactarius (subgenus Gerardii) from two relict Fagus grandifolia var. mexicana populations in Mexican montane cloud forests. Mycologia [IPNI] 104 (1): 175-181.

Jurkeit, W., Krauch, F., Hampe, F., Grauwinkel, B. & Albers, J. (2011) – Russula-Forschung in Mitteleuropa III. Drei neue Russula-Arten aus Nordrhein-Westfalen und Niedersachsen (Deutschland). Z. Mykol. [IPNI] 77 (1): 19-44.

Donelli, G. (2009, publ. 2010) – Costanti e variabili nel Sottogenere Amoenula. Rivista Micol. 52 (3): 267-277.