Lynne Boddy

The great plate count anomaly. Counts of cells obtained via cultivation are orders of magnitude lower than those directly observed under the microscope. This is because microbiologists are able to cultivate only a minority of naturally occurring microbes using current laboratory techniques, depending on the environment.

Professor of Microbial Ecology at Cardiff University.

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John Webster (mycologist)

Internationally renowned mycologist, head of biological sciences at the University of Exeter in England, and twice president of the British Mycological Society.

Mushrooms are considered a kind of fungal reproductive organ.

As an educator, John Webster's undergraduate teaching classes introduced many students to the world of fungi, some of whom went on to become leading mycologists or academics in their own right, including Lynne Boddy, Alan Rayner, Naresh Magan (all past presidents of the British Mycological Society) and Nick Talbot.

Marsh Ecology Award

Prize awarded annually from 1996 onwards to recognise outstanding recent discovery or development which has had a significant impact on the development of the science of ecology or its application.

Biodiversity of a coral reef. Corals adapt to and modify their environment by forming calcium carbonate skeletons. This provides growing conditions for future generations and forms a habitat for many other species.

2016 Lynne Boddy

Fleming Prize Lecture

Started by the Microbiology Society in 1976 and named after Alexander Fleming, one of the founders of the society.

Microbiology Society

1991 Lynne Boddy The Ecology of Wood- and Litter-rotting Basidiomycete Fungi