Mitsutaro Shirai (白井 光太郎 Shirai Mitsutarō , 1863-1932) was a Japanese plant pathologist. He was the first president of the Phytopathology Society of Japan and emeritus professor of plant pathology, College of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo.
He had many cooperation with German mycologist P. Hennings in fungi identification. In commemoration of his contribution in the area, two fungi genera were named after his family name, i.e. Shiraia P. Henn. and Shiraiella Hara and more than a dozen of species were named after him. He also published about 50 fungi species, either by himself or cooperated with other mycologists. He did great contribution to Japanese mycology and plant pathology at his time. 
Shirai was born in Edo (now Tokyo). He began his professional career as teacher of forest botany and plant pathology in the University of Tokyo in 1886. From 1906 to 1925, he occupied the first term of professor at Laboratory of Plant Pathology in this university. He died on May 30, 1932.
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