A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms / Edition 1

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Overview

"It is good to see a first-rate guide to the mushrooms in Kansas produced by a capable and qualified team of enthusiastic mycologists. The general setup of the book provides quick access to information and informs the beginner about how to use keys, equipment, and even what species are the best to eat."—Orson K. Miller Jr., author of Mushrooms of North America

"This is the best of recent regional treatments on mushrooms. Extraordinarily helpful"—Clark T. Rogerson, senior curator, emeritus, The New York Botanical Garden

"From gastronomic delights such as chanterelles to the offensive but beautiful stinkhorns, the authors have covered the gamut of fungi that mushroom hunters are likely to find in their quest for common or unusual encounters of the good kind. Among the things that set this book apart from most field guides are the numerous hints and suggestions—often with personal, humorous touches—on how to collect, photograph, identify, and select the choicest mushrooms for the table."—Robert W. Lichtwardt, author of The Trichomycetes

"Excellent color photographs combined with easy to follow keys and nontechnical descriptions make this an outstanding field guide and a valuable resource for anyone interested in mushrooms."—Alan E. Bessette, author of Mushrooms: A Quick Reference Guide to Mushrooms of North America

Author Biography: Bruce Horn is a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Georgia. He is the author of eighteen scientific publications on fungi.

Richard L. Kay is professor of history at the University of Kansas with a specialty in Dante. He is author of A Checklist of Kansas Mushrooms and Dante's Swift and Strong.

Dean S. Abel is an electron microscope technician in the biology department at the University of Iowa. In 1992 he won the best-of-show award North American Mycological Association photo contest.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700605712
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Kansas Nature Guides
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,397,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Mushrooms and Other Fungi 1
Mycology in Kansas: A Brief History 13
Kansas Habitats: Where to Find Mushrooms 21
First Fungi 27
A Kansas Calendar of Fungal Fruitings 29
Collecting Mushrooms: Techniques, Equipment, and Tips 36
Photographing Mushrooms 46
Mushrooms in the Kitchen 55
Kansas Edibles: Good, Better, Best 62
The Edibility Issue: Poisons and Individual Reactions 64
Identifying Mushrooms 72
An Anthology of Kansas Mushrooms 81
How to Use the Keys 81
Key to Orders 82
Basidiomycotina 84
Hymenomycetes 84
Agaricales: Gilled Mushrooms and Boletes - Key to Families 84
Aphyllophorales - Key to Families 174
Tremellales and Allies: Jelly Fungi (nos. 105-109) 206
Gasteromycetes 211
Lycoperdales: Puffballs and Earthstars (nos. 110-119) 212
Tulostomatales: Stalked Puffballs (no 120) 223
Sclerodermatales: Earthballs (nos. 121-123) 224
Nidulariales: Bird's Nest Fungi (nos. 124-123) 228
Phallales: Stinkhorns (nos. 126-128) 231
Ascomycotina 235
Discomycetes 235
Pezizales and Helotiales: Cup Fungi (nos. 129-143) 235
Pyrenomycetes 249
Sphaeriales and Clavicipitales: Flask Fungi (nos. 144-130) 249
App.: The Fungal Kingdom: A Systematic Classification to Genus 259
App.: A Lifelist for the Kansas Mycophile 263
Mycological Latin 273
Glossary 277
Annotated Bibliography 281
Picture Credits 285
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    Great Book For The Prairie States.

    Of all my mushroom and fungi guides, this must be my favorite. The authors clearly describe hundreds of species and give us good working taxonamic keys. The photographs are excellent and show many angles of a species. For those mushroom hunters in the midwest, this is a great buy and I personnally stand behind it as an avid mushroom hunter.

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