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Fungi of Temperate Europe: Volume 1+2

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With its unprecedentedly broad taxonomic coverage, Fungi of Temperate Europe aims to provide a comprehensive overview of fungal species in Europe.

The habitat descriptions seem broadly appropriate to British conditions (we are in the ‘nemoral’ zone). The authors are to be congratulated on this truly remarkable achievement, making their many years of practical experience in macrofungal identification available to mycologists at large. This is an international publication, so there are no English names; and only the latest up-to-the-minute scientific names, although in many cases the authors mention the previous, more familiar, name.OVERSEAS POSTAGE is charged by weight, at cost and is sent by Royal Mail's Priority Airmail service. For temperate Europe we estimate that the total number of species is higher than 20,000 and the number of fruitbody-forming fungi is at least 6,000 - 9,000 (including about 2,000 species of lichens). It, in turn, is based on a method devised by the authors and their colleagues, available online as the MycoKey. It is very useful both for professionals and for everyone interested in this fascinating group of organisms. Hence it includes many Continental species that have not been found in Britain, though fewer than you might suppose, for fungi tend to be more widely distributed than plants.

The books are divided into eighty 'form groups', each starting with an innovative comparison wheel with guiding photos, distinguishing characteristics and drawings of essential microscopic features.Remarkably few field guides bother to do this, and so this aspect of the book gets a gold star from me. Revealing the world of fungi in all its splendour, Fungi of Temperate Europe is a must-have resource for any amateur or professional mycologist. Fungi of Temperate Europe covers a large area, from the Arctic to the fringes of the Alps, including the whole of Scandinavia, the Baltic States, and lowland central Europe, along with the Atlantic fringe from northern Spain to Britain and Ireland.

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