Systematic mycology

  • Taxonomy of rust fungi (Uredinales) of the world with a regional focus on the neotropics and southern Africa.
  • Imaging of microfungi of the Zurich Herbaria (Z+ZT)


Recent Publications

  • Additions to the southern African rust fungi: four new species and two new host genera from South Africa and Angola
    Berndt, Reinhard
    Mycological Progress 19(4): 247-257 DOI: 10.1007/s11557-019-01555-6  APR 2020
  • The new species Puccinia telimutans causes Mexican potato rust disease of wild potatoes and shows a unique telial metamorphosis
    Otalora, Monica A. G.; Berndt, Reinhard
    MYCOLOGIA, 111 (2):260-264; 10.1080/00275514.2018.1558833 MAR 4 2019
  • (2647-2651) Proposals to conserve the names Venturia acerina against Cladosporium humile; Venturia borealis against Torula maculicola; Venturia carpophila against Fusicladium amygdali and Cladosporium americanum; Sphaerella inaequalis (Venturia inaequalis) against Spilocaea pomi, Fumago mall, Actinonema crataegi, Cladosporium dendriticum, Asteroma mali, and Scolicotrichum venosum; and Venturia pyrina against Helminthosporium pyrorum, Fusicladium virescens, F-fuscescens, Cladosporium polymorphum and Passalora pomi (Ascomycota: Dothideomycetes)
    Rossman, A; Castlebury, L; Aguirre-Hudson, B; Berndt, R; Edwards, J
    TAXON, 67 (6):1209-1211; 10.12705/676.20 DEC 2018
  • A taxonomic revision of the genus Puccinia on Lycieae, a tribe of Solanaceae
    Otalora, MAG; Berndt, R
    MYCOLOGIA, 110 (4):692-709; 10.1080/00275514.2018.1478538 2018
  • Competing sexual and asexual generic names in Pucciniomycotina and Ustilaginomycotina (Basidiomycota) and recommendations for use
    Aime, M. Catherine; Castlebury, Lisa A.; Abbasi, Mehrdad; Begerow, Dominik; Berndt, Reinhard; Kirschner, Roland; Marvanova, L; Ono, Y; Padamsee, M; Scholler, M; Thines, M; Rossman, AY
    IMA FUNGUS 9(1): 75-89 JUN 2018
  • Phragmidium punjabense, a new species of rust fungus on Rosa brunonii in the outer Himalayan ranges of Murree, Pakistan 
    Ali, Barkat; Sohail, Younas; Mumtaz, Abdul Samad; et al. 
    NOVA HEDWIGIA, 105 (3-4): 385-396 2017
  • Studies of Cionothrix (Uredinales): emendation, telial morphology and description of a new species 
    Berndt, Reinhard 
    NOVA HEDWIGIA, 105 (3-4): 511-518 2017
  • Rhizoglomus, a new genus of the Glomeraceae
    Sieverding, Ewald; da Silva, Gladstone Alves; Berndt, Reinhard; et al.
    MYCOTAXON 129(2): 373-386  10.5248/129.373  OCT-DEC 2014
  • Revision of the rust genus Uromyces on Cucurbitaceae 
    Berndt, Reinhard 
    MYCOLOGIA, 105 (3): 760-780 MAY-JUN 2013

PD Dr. Reinhard Berndt
ETH Zurich
Institute of Integrative Biology
8092 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0)44 632 61 13

Research topics

  • Rust fungi of the neotropics and southern Africa
  • Taxonomy of rust fungi of the world
  • Biodiversity of European rust fungi


  • Cooperation with rust taxonomists in South America (mainly Brazil), South Africa, Australia and Asia (Japan, India, Pakistan)
  • Herbarium services (Zurich Herbaria): Loans of specimens, deposition of vouchers