Biodiversity of Fungi

Biodiversity of Fungi

Inventory and Monitoring Methods

1st Edition - June 10, 2004

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  • Editors: Mercedes Foster, Gerald Bills
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080470269
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780125095518

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Biodiversity of Fungi is essential for anyone collecting and/or monitoring any fungi. Fascinating and beautiful, fungi are vital components of nearly all ecosystems and impact human health and our economy in a myriad of ways. Standardized methods for documenting diversity and distribution have been lacking. A wealth of information, especially regrading sampling protocols, compiled by an international team of fungal biologists, make Biodiversity of Fungi an incredible and fundamental resource for the study of organismal biodiversity. Chapters cover everything from what is a fungus, to maintaining and organizing a permanent study collection with associated databases; from protocols for sampling slime molds to insect associated fungi; from fungi growing on and in animals and plants to mushrooms and truffles. The chapters are arranged both ecologically and by sampling method rather than by taxonomic group for ease of use. The information presented here is intended for everyone interested in fungi, anyone who needs tools to study them in nature including naturalists, land managers, ecologists, mycologists, and even citizen scientists and sophiscated amateurs.

Key Features

  • Covers all groups of fungi - from molds to mushrooms, even slime molds
  • Describes sampling protocols for many groups of fungi
  • Arranged by sampling method and ecology to coincide with users needs
  • Beautifully illustrated to document the range of fungi treated and techniques discussed
  • Natural history data are provided for each group of fungi to enable users to modify suggested protocols to meet their needs


Academics and students. for use in advanced mycology courses, summer field courses in mycology, or in courses in a Departments of Environmental Science that deal with environmental monitoring, in training courses for technicians and field personnel who will carry out inventories or monitor fungal populations, and in a conservation biology courses. Resource Managers, Conservationists, and Amateurs. for use by those creating an inventory of the biodiversity, in such activities pursued by academics, resource managers, conservationists, and amateurs, and by individuals associated with state and federal land-management agencies, museum personnel, and conservation NGOs, and by individuals from developed countries, training in sampling methodologies, specimen maintenance, and data analysis is usually provided to local counterparts (e.g., technicians, researchers, students, field biologists). Environmental Health Market. for use in programs monitoring the health, management, and use of different habitats, for managers and to agencies responsible for monitoring air, water, and ground pollution and for tracking the health of wildlife populations, including commercial and government entities responsible for carrying out environmental impact studies. Commercial Market. for use by individuals engaged in medical research, screening for substances with pharmaceutical or other medical uses, as well as those engaged in screening for substances of potential industrial use

Table of Contents

  • PART I: General Issues
    1. Fungi and Their Allies
    2. Preparation, Preservation, and Use of Fungal Specimens in Herbaria
    3. Preservation and Distribution of Fungal Cultures
    4. Electronic Information Resources
    5. Fungal Biodiversity Patterns
    6. Molecular Methods for Discriminating Taxa, Monitoring Species, and Assessing Fungal Diversity

    PART IIA: Recommended Protocols for Sampling Particular Groups of Fungi: Direct Collecting and Isolation Protocols for Macrofungi and Mircofungi on Soil, Wood, Leaves, Lichens, and Other Substrata
    7. Fungi on Living Plant Substrata, Including Fruits
    8. Terrestrial and Lignicolous Macrofungi
    9. Lichenized Fungi
    10. Sequestrate Fungi

    PART IIB: Recommended Protocols for Sampling Particular Groups of Fungi: Isolation Protocols for Readily Culturable Microfungi Associated with Plants
    11. Microfungi on Wood and Plant Debris
    12. Endophytic Fungi
    13. Saprobic Soil Fungi
    14. Fungi in Stressful Environments
    15. Mutualistic Arbuscular Endomycorrhizal Fungi
    16. Yeasts
    17. Fungicolous Fungi

    PART IIC: Recommended Protocols for Sampling Particular Groups of Fungi: Collecting and Isolation Protocols for Fungi Associated with Animals
    18. Insect- and Other Arthropod-Associated Fungi
    19. Fungal Parasites and Predators of Rotifers, Nematodes, and Other Invertebrates
    20. Fungi Associated With Vertebrates
    21. Coprophilous Fungi
    22. Anaerobic Zoosporic Fungi Associated with Animals

    PART IID: Recommended Protocols for Sampling Particular Groups of Fungi: Collecting and Isolation Protocols for Aquatic Fungi and for Protoctistans Formerly Treated as Fungi
    23. Fungi in Freshwater Habitats
    24. Marine and Estuarine Mycelial Eumycota and Oomycota
    25. Mycetozoans
    26. Fungi Associated with Aquatic Animals

    PART III: Appendices, Glossary, Literature Cited, and Miscellaneous

Product details

  • No. of pages: 777
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: June 10, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080470269
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780125095518

About the Editors

Mercedes Foster

Affiliations and Expertise

National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, U.S.A.

Gerald Bills

Affiliations and Expertise

Merck Sharp and Dohme de Espana, Madrid, Spain

About the Editor in Chief

Greg Mueller

Affiliations and Expertise

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

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