Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America

ISBN-10: 0520271084

ISBN-13: 9780520271081

Edition: 2012

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California and the Western States are rich in abundant and diverse species of mushrooms. Amateur mushroom collectors and mycologists alike will find over 300 species of the region's most common, distinctive, and ecologically important mushrooms profiled in this comprehensive field guide. It provides the most up-to-date science on the role of fungi in the natural world, methods to identify species, and locations of mushroom habitats. With excellent color illustrations showing top and side views of mushrooms of the Western States and a user-friendly text, it is informative but still light enough to be carried into the woods. When used to identify mushrooms, keys bring the reader to individual species, with a descriptive text providing cues for identifying additional species. Mushrooms common in urban landscapes are included, which is especially useful for the casual encounter with backyard fungi. The guide also provides a table of both old and new species names, and information on edibility and look-alikes, both dangerous and benign.A section on mushroom arts and crafts features mushroom photography, painting, philately, spore prints, dyes, and cultivation. The guide also offers a comprehensive list of resources including national field guides, general mushroom books and periodicals, club and society contact information, and web sites.· Primary descriptions and illustrations of 300 species of mushrooms plus text descriptions of many more.· Latest word in mushroom taxonomy and nomenclature. Clear discussion of DNA sequencing and new classifications.· Especially good coverage of southern California and Southwestern mushrooms often neglected in other field guides.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Chris Raschka was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on March 6, 1959. He received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1981. Before becoming a full-time author, he was an art teacher in St. Croix, Virgin Islands and a freelance artist, cartoonist, and editorial illustrator. He is an author and illustrator of children's books including Yo! Yes?, Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, and Mysterious Thelonious. Hello, Goodbye Window won the Caldecott Medal in 2006 and A Ball for Daisy won the Caldecott Medal in 2012.R. Michael Davisis Professor of Plant Pathology at University of California, Davis.Robert Sommeris Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus at University of California, Davis, and the author ofPersonal Space and Tight Spaces, among other books.John A. Mengeis Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at University of California, Riverside.

John C. Norcross, PhD, is Professor and former Chair of Psychology at the University of Scranton. John W. Santrock, PhD, is Professor and former Chair of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Linda F. Campbell, PhD, is Associate Professor and director of the training clinic in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Georgia. Thomas P. Smith, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in the Counseling Center at the University of Scranton. Robert Sommer, PhD, is Professor and former Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Edward L. Zuckerman, PhD, a clinical psychologist, teacher, and author, is Editor of the Clinician's Toolbox series.

What is a Mushroom?
Fungal Ecology
Collecting Mushrooms
Quick identification guide to major groups
General Keys
Species Descriptions
Fungal Arts and Crafts
Mushroom Cultivation
Table of spore colors and genera
Synonyms, name changes, and misapplied names
Acknowledgments and Contributors of photographs
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