The Book of Fungi : A Life-size Guide to Six Hundred Species From Around the World

The Book of Fungi : A Life-size Guide to Six Hundred Species From Around the World

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Colorful, mysterious, and often fantastically shaped, fungi have been a source of wonder and fascination since the earliest hunter-gatherers first foraged for them. Today there are few, if any, places on Earth where fungi have not found themselves a home. And these highly specialized organisms are an indispensable part of the great chain of life. They not only partner in symbiotic relationships with over ninety percent of the world’s trees and flowering plant species, they also recycle and create humus, the fertile soil from which such flora receive their nutrition. Some fungi are parasites or saprotrophs; many are poisonous and, yes, hallucinogenic; others possess life-enhancing properties that can be tapped for pharmaceutical products; while a delicious few are prized by epicureans and gourmands worldwide.

In this lavishly illustrated volume, six hundred fungi from around the globe get their full due. Each species here is reproduced at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by a scientific explanation of its distribution, habitat, association, abundance, growth form, spore color, and edibility. Location maps give at-a-glance indications of each species’ known global distribution, and specially commissioned engravings show different fruitbody forms and provide the vital statistics of height and diameter. With information on the characteristics, distinguishing features, and occasionally bizarre habits of these fungi, readers will find in this book the common and the conspicuous, the unfamiliar and the odd. There is a fungal predator, for instance, that hunts its prey with lassos, and several that set traps, including one that entices sows by releasing the pheromones of a wild boar.

Mushrooms, morels, puffballs, toadstools, truffles, chanterelles—fungi from habitats spanning the poles and the tropics, from the highest mountains to our own backyards—are all on display in this definitive work.

Baker & Taylor
A full-color celebration of the world of fungi includes 2,000 color plates that feature life-size photos of 600 species from around the world, in a book that includes an explanation of each species' distribution, habitat, edibility and much more.

Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780226721170
Branch Call Number: 579.5 ROBER
Characteristics: 655 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Evans, Shelley


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Sep 06, 2013

Absolutely superb book. Each page has a brilliant life-sized picture of that fungus, a world location of the species, a close-up picture and a very good write-up of main characteristics, history and uses The amount of work that went into the research is staggering.

Jan 09, 2013

Wonderful full color photographs of hundreds of fungi, many life sized. A beautiful book for browsing, too big to take as a field guide. My kids enjoyed looking at the pictures as well.


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