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- DescriptionThis completely revised second edition provides all the information necessary to identify mushrooms in the field in the midcontinental region of Iowa, Illiis, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin: the tallgrass prairies and the western parts of the eastern deciduous forests.The first edition has been improved in significant ways. The authors have updated scientific names, added photos where there were ne and replaced poor photos with better ones, improved the keys, added some species and deleted others, added a section on truffles, and antated the bibliography. There were originally 224 species; w there are 248. Some of the new photos - 125 in all - serve as a second photo for a species, where it is helpful to show details that cant be viewed in a single photo.The authors describe each species' cap, gills, stalk, annulus, and season when it is most likely to be seen as well as such characteristics as edibility and toxicity. In their detailed and lively introduction they discuss the ecomic and environmental aspects of fungi, basic mushroom biology, menclature, edibility and toxicity, and habitats and time of fruiting. Most important are the keys, which lead the dedicated reader to the major groups of fungi included in this guide. The section on mushrooms includes keys to their genera in addition to the species within each family discussed, and each of the subsequent sections has a key to the genera and species except where so few species are discussed that a key is t necessary. The volume also includes a glossary and two bibliographies, one with general and one with technical references.Through their detailed technical descriptions and captivating color photos the authors convey their passionate fondness for these diverse and colorful organisms, whose mysterious appearances and disappearances have long made them objects of fascination.
- Author BiographyDonald Huffman, emeritus professor of biology at Central College in Pella, Iowa, has studied fungi in the U.S. and China since 1957 and more recently in Northern Europe and China. Lois Tiffany is emeritus distinguished professor of botany at Iowa State University; she has studied fungi in the U.S. since 1952. George Knaphus was a professor of botany and plant pathology at Iowa State University at the time of his death in 2000. Rosanne Healy is a mycologist working on grant-funded research projects; she has studied fungi in Iowa since 1996.
- Author(s)D.M. Huffman,G. Knaphus,Lois H. Tiffany,R. A. Healy
- PublisherUniversity of Iowa Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2008
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Series TitleA Bur Oak Guide
- Place of PublicationIowa
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Iowa Press
- Content Note300 colour photos, 21 drawings
- Weight866 g
- Width146 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine27 mm
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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