Unit: Biological and Environmental Influences on Forest Health and Productivity
Address: Northern Research Station
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
Phone: (608) 231-9212
E-mail: Contact Karen Nakasone
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- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Botany Department
- M.S., University of Arizona, Department of Plant Pathology
- B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Plant Pathology
Civic & Professional Affiliations
Mycological Society of America
My research focus is the identification, classification and phylogenetics of wood-decay fungi, especially crust-like (corticioid) species. These fungi are usually small, inconspicuous, and not as well known as their larger cousins, the polypores and mushrooms.
Current research projects include:
- revisionary taxonomy of Resinicium, Dendrothele, Phlebia, and Phanerochaete
- inferring phylogenetic relationships in the above genera
- examined type specimens of corticioid species, especially those with spines
- developing identification tools for corticioid species
Why is This Important
Correct identification of decay fungi are important to establish if a species is nonnative for researchers studying the impact of invasive species in forests and managers interested in conserving biological and functional diversity of fungi to keep forests healthy. The stability of fungal names is essential because valuable information is tied to a name. Fungal names are based on type specimens, thus, it is necessary to study types to establish firm, stable names. Establishing phylogenetic relationships among decay fungi are desirable because critical physiological, biological and genetic properties can be inferred from understanding relatedness among species and genera. This information is valuable to researchers studying the roles of decay fungi in pathology, nutrient cycling, tree establishment and growth, and forest health and resiliency. Oftentimes, unusual and unexpected phylogenetic relationships result in new insights into fungal taxonomy and biology. By providing researchers with the tools for accurate and reliable species identification, the role and full impact of decay fungi in the health and productivity of forests can be studied.
- Develop traditional and web-based monographs of corticioid species with spines
- Expand taxonomic research into other wood-decay fungal genera
- Nakasone, Karen K.; Burdsall, Harold H., Jr. 2012. Tsugacorticium kenaicum (Hymenochaetales, Basidiomycota) a new corticioid genus and species from Alaska. North American Fungi. 7(1): 1-9. doi:10.2509/naf2012.007.001.
- Nakasone, Karen K.; Lindner, David N. 2012. Taxonomy of Pseudolagarobasidium (Polyporales, Basidiomycota). Fungal Diversity. 55: 155-169.
- Nakasone, Karen K. 2012. Type studies of corticioid Hymenomycetes (Basidiomycota) with aculei - Part II. Czech Mycology. 64(1): 23-42.
- Bernicchia, Annarosa; Gorjón, Sergio P.; Nakasone, Karen K. 2011. Arrasia rostrata (Basidiomycota), a new corticioid genus and species from Italy. Mycotaxon. 118: 257-264.
- Nakasone, Karen K. 2011. Boidinella gen. nov. (Cantharellales, Basidiomycota). Cryptogamie, Mycologie. 32(2): 191-197.
- Nakasone, K.K.; Burdsall, H.H. 2011. The genus Dendrothele (Agaricales, Basidiomycota) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 49(1): 107-131.
- Nakasone, Karen K. 2010. Morphological studies of Hyphoderma cremeoalbum and Radulomyces roseolus. Mycotaxon. 114: 99-107.
- Martinez, Sebastian; Nakasone, Karen K. 2010. New records and checklist of corticioid Basidiomycota from Uruguay. Mycotaxon. 114: 481-484.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Nakasone, Karen K. 2010. Recent change in the nomenclature of Phellinus pini: What is Porodaedalea?. In: Proceedings of the 6th western hazard tree workshop; 2010 June 14-18; Medford, OR. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 46-50.
- Nakasone, Karen K.; Hibbett, David S.; Goranova, Greta. 2009. Neocampanella, a new corticioid fungal genus, and a note on Dendrothele bispora. Botany 87:875-882
- Nakasone, Karen K. 2009. Morphological studies of Dendrothele species from North America. North American Fungi. 4(7): 1-15.
- Nakasone, K.K. 2009. Type studies of corticioid Hymenomycetes (Basidiomycota) with aculei. Sydowia. 61: 273-285.
- Nakasone, Karen K. 2008. Type studies of corticioid Hymenomycetes described by Bresadola. Cryptogamie, Mycologie. 29(3): 231-257.
- Nakasone, Karen K. 2007. Morphological and molecular studies on Resinicium s. str.. Canadian Journal of Botany 85:420-436
- Sutton, D.A.; Thompson, E.H.; Rinaldi, M.G.; Iwen, P.C.; Nakasone, K.K.; Jung, H.S.; Rosenblatt, H.M.; Paul, M.E. 2005. Identification and first report of Inonotus (Phellinus) tropicalis as an etiologic agent in a patient with chronic granulomatous disease. Journal of clinical microbiology. Vol. 43, no. 2 (Feb. 2005): Pages 982-987
- Martinez, Sebastian; Nakasone, Karen K. 2005. The genus Phanerochaete (Corticiaceae, Basidiomycotina) sensu lato in Uruguay. Sydowia. Vol. 57 (2005): p. 94-101.
- Nakasone, Karen K.; Peterson, Stephen W.; Jong, Shung-Chang. 2004. Preservation and distribution of fungal cultures. Biodiversity of fungi : inventory and monitoring methods. Amsterdam : Elsevier Academic Press, 2004: Pages 37-47.
- Greslebin, Alina; Nakasone, Karen K.; Rajchenberg, Mario. 2004. Rhizochaete, a new genus of phanerochaetoid fungi. Mycologia. Vol. 96, no. 2 (2004): Pages 260-271.
- de Koker, Theodorus H.; Nakasone, Karen K.; Haarhof, Jacques; Burdsall, Harold H.; Janse, Bernard J.H. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Phanerochaete inferred from the internal transcribed spacer region. Mycological research. Vol. 107, no. 9 (Sept. 2003): Pages 1032-1040
- Nakasone, Karen K. 2003. Type studies of resupinate hydnaceous Hymenomycetes described by Patouillard. Cryptogamie. Mycologie. Vol. 24, no. 2 (2003): Pages 131-145
- Nakasone, Karen K. 2002. Mycoaciella : a synonym of phlebia. Mycotaxon. Vol. 81 (Jan./Mar. 2002): Pages 477-490
- Dugan, F.M.; Nakasone, K.K. 1998. Mapping the microbial universe : the importance of living collections for fungal systematics. Diversity. Vol. 14, nos. 3/4 (1998): Pages 35-39
Other Publications by Karen Nakasone *
- Brockus, C.W; Myers, R.K.; Crandell, J. M.; Sutton, D.A.; Wickes, B L.; Nakasone, K.K. 2009.
Disseminated Oxyporus corticola infection in a German shepherd dog. Medical Mycology. 47: 8, 862-868.
*Due to policy or copyright restrictions, we are unable to provide full-text versions of these publications. Please check with your local library or Contact Karen Nakasone to inquire about reprints.