The Identification of Fungi: An Illustrated Introduction with Keys, Glossary, and Guide to Literature is a comprehensive manual that gives beginners the skills to identify fungi. In addition to plant pathogenic fungi, the manual covers mushrooms, slime molds, fungi of clinical significance, indoor air fungi, and other aspects of mycology. This manual covers all groups of fungi and fungus-like organisms and includes over 500 diagrams and line drawings. Descriptions of major groups (phylogenetic and artificial), simplified keys to family, and an illustrated glossary enable placement of common fungi into the appropriate taxonomic category. Text and glossary are coordinated to introduce fundamentals of mycological terminology. Over 30 pages of references are provided for literature on identification of cultures and specimens, and references are also given for contemporary phylogenetic research on each major taxonomic group. The manual will be a useful resource for general mycology courses, as well as an excellent ancillary reference for courses in plant pathology, medical mycology, or microbiology. Technicians, extension agents, clinicians, air quality specialists, microbiologists, or any others needing a comprehensive introduction will also find this manual a useful addition to their bookshelves.Dr. Dugan is a Research Plant Pathologist with USDA-Agricultural Research Service and formerly Collection Scientist for Mycology and Botany at American Type Culture Collection. Throughout his career he has authored articles on fungi found in various hosts or environments.
One-stop resource for those who need to identify fungi. This manual includes:
“Plant pathogenic fungi, slime moulds, mushrooms, fungi of clinical importance and more are all covered and in such a way that a beginner could make progress in identifying them…a sound and possibly essential guide for those who need to be able to identify fungi.”-- Journal of Biological Education
“…well organized and easy-to-read book, useful for people who are just starting to learn and get interested in fungi and for mycology teachers…the guide to literature related to fungal biology/ecology and each fungal taxonomic group makes this book also useful for more advanced mycologists.” -- Inoculum
“…a good manual and gateway for non-specialists and students interested in mycology and fungus identification, but also for mycology teachers and every mycologist who would like to find quickly basic information on a fungal group which is not his domain.” -- Czech Mycology
“…strongly recommend this book to all specialists working with plant pathogenic fungi and consider that it should be in all agricultural and biological science libraries.” -- Journal of Plant Protection Research
“…will prove invaluable in undergraduate courses in mycology, and will be an immense help to the ever-increasing number of naturalists who need to tackle fungi.” -- European Journal of Plant Pathology
“…a useful and highly informative resource.” -- IPMnet News
“…provides entry into the full complexities for fungal identifications and taxonomy.” -- Educational Book Review“…straightforward and easy to follow. Its simplicity and conciseness makes it particularly useful as a companion to a textbook on introductory mycology at the undergraduate level….excellent first step in fungal identification for students or non-specialist fungal taxonomists.” -- Australian Plant Pathology Society
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