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PhD, Senior Researcher

CBA research group(s):

Plant Diversity and Conservation

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Ireneia Melo

Main Research Interests

My main research interests concerns floristic, taxonomy and systematics of Iberic and Macaronesic polyporoid and corticioid basidiomycetes (fungi). I am also working in biodiversity and biogeography of these fungi. Presently my main current projects are: a) a floristic treatment of Iberic corticioid and polyporoid basidiomycetes, leaded by the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid (Spain) and in collaboration with other Spanish research groups in University of The Basque Country and Vigo; b) to address phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships within corticioid taxa from Macaronesian Islands and other regions (both Southern and Northern Hemisphere), in collaboration with the same team.


Academic Qualifications

- 2001 PhD in Biology - Portuguese Research Career (University of Lisbon, 1979)

- 1969 Graduation in Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon)

Recent Publications

Beltrán-Tejera E., Rodríguez-Armas J.L., Telleria M.T., Dueñas M., Melo I., Díaz-Armas J., Salcedo I. & Cardoso J. 2013. Corticioid fungi from arid and semiarid zones of the Canary Islands (Spain). Addicional data. 2. (27 p.). Mycotaxon 123:491-492.

Telleria M.T., Melo I., Dueñas M., Salcedo I., Beltrán-Tejera E., Rodríguez-Armas J.L. & Martín M.P. 2013. Sistotremastrum guttuliferum a new species from the Macaronesian islands. Mycological Progress 12:687-692.

Kirchmair M., Carrilho P., Pfab R., Haberl B., Felgueiras J., Carvalho F., Cardoso J., Melo I., Vinhas I. & Neuhauser S. 2012. Amanita poisonings resulting in acute, reversible renal failure: new cases, new toxic Amanita mushrooms. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 27(4):1380-1386.

Melo I., Cardoso J., Dueñas M., Salcedo I. & Telleria M.T. 2012. Peniophora aluticolor (Fungi, Basidiomycota), an orphaned species restudied. Nova Hedwigia 94(3-4):437-440.

Saita A. & Melo I. 2012. Steccherinum straminellum, a new record to Italy. Mycotaxon 121(1):281-284.

Telleria M.T., Dueñas M., Melo I., Beltrán-Tejera E., Rodríguez-Armas J.L., Salcedo I. & Martín M.P. 2012. Gloeocystidiellum kenyense Hjortstam in Azores and Madeira. Mycotaxon 119:337-343.

Telleria M.T., Dueñas M., Melo I. & Martín M.P. 2010. Morphological and molecular studies of Hyphodermella in the Western Mediterranean area. Mycological Progress 9(4): 585-596.

Telleria M.T., Dueñas M., Melo I., Hallenberg N. & Martín M.P. 2010. A re-evaluation of Hypochnicium (Polyporales) based on morphological and molecular characters. Mycologia 102(6):1426-1436.

Dueñas M., Telleria M.T. & Melo I. 2009. The aphyllophorales (Basidiomycota) of a mediterranean biodiversity “hotspot” – “Cazorla, Segura & las Villas” natural Park (Spain). Mycotaxon 109:465-468.

Telleria M.T., Melo I., Dueñas M., Rodríguez-Armas J.L., Beltrán-Tejera E., Cardoso J. & Salcedo I. 2009. Diversity and richness of corticioid fungi (Basidiomycota) on Azores Islands: a preliminary survey. Nova Hedwigia 88(3-4):285-308.

Telleria M.T., Melo I., Dueñas M., Salcedo I., Cardoso J., Rodríguez-Armas J.L. & Beltrán-Tejera E. 2009. Corticioid fungi (Basidiomycota) from the Azores Islands: Flores and São Miguel. Mycotaxon 109:141-144.

Dueñas M., Telleria M.T., Melo I., Rodriguez-Armas J.L. & Beltrán-Tejera E. 2008. A new species of Candelabrochaete (Polyporales, Basidiomycota). Mycotaxon 103:299-305.

Telleria M.T., Dueñas M., Beltrán E., Rodríguez-Armas J.L. & Melo I. 2008. Gloeodontia xerophila (Aphyllophorales, Basidiomycota), a new species with corticioid basidioma from Canary Islands. Mycologia 100(4):673-676.

Telleria M.T., Melo I. & Dueñas M. 2008. Resinicium aculeatum, a new species of corticiaceous fungi from Equatorial Guinea. Nova Hedwigia 87:195-200.

Telleria M.T., Melo I., Dueñas M., Salcedo I., Cardoso J., Rodríguez-Armas J.L. & Beltrán-Tejera E. 2008. Corticioid fungi (Basidiomycota) from Madeira Island. Mycotaxon 106:419-422.

Melo I., Cardoso J. C. & Tellería M. T. 2007. Annotated list of polypores for the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands. Bibliotheca Mycologica 203:1-183.


Ongoing Projects

  • Natural Europe: Natural History & Environmental Cultural Heritage in European Digital Libraries for Education (Ref. CIP-ICT PSP-2009-3)

  • Flora Micológica Ibérica VI (Programa Sectorial Promoción General del Conocimiento (PSPGS ) del Ministerio de Educación y Cultura. (CGL2006-12732-C02-01) (Scientific team)

  • Biogeografia de Corticeaceos (Basidiomycota) Macaronesicos: la conéxion Africana (Programa Sectorial Promoción General del Conocimiento (PSPGS ) del Ministerio de Educación y Cultura (CGL2009-07231 (subprograma BOS) (Scientific team)


Other Information

Responsible for the mycological section of LISU Herbarium (Botanic Garden, National Museum of Natural History).