||The mysterious appearance of fungus fruit bodies
mushrooms and toadstools - each autumn is one of
nature's most fascinating seasonal events. Fungi come in an amazing diversity of form and colour - many are beautiful, some bizzare and curious, some quite revolting. Most of them disappear as mysteriously as they came, to await suitable conditions for their next fruiting.
Fungi are among the most numerous organisms on Earth, but because of the ephemeral nature of their fruit bodies they are not widely known or understood. One of the vital functions of fungi in nature is the continuous recycling of forest debris into soil nutrients; paradoxically, they can be benevolent partners or parasites to plants. For mankind they provide food and medicines.
A Field Guide to Australian Fungi aims to stimulate and share knowledge and interest in fungi and to assist mycologists, biologists, naturalists and all interested in the environment to identify approximately 500 species in the field.
|Each species is photographed in its natural environment
to show important characters for identification
and to provide details of habitat associations. The introduction includes information on fungus
biology, classification, distribution, roles of fungi in nature, and spore prints. A glossary of technical terms is provided. Each description gives size range, shape and habitat information as well as spore print colour and spore descriptions. A pictorial guide to groups is included to facilitate easy access to the relevant sections. A section on slime moulds is included.
A Field Guide to Australian Fungi is the culmination of many decades of field work and study and is the
most comprehensive photographic field guide on Australian fungi yet published.
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