Fungi of Temperate Europe

Fungi of Temperate Europe

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An unprecedented two-volume exploration of the fungi of temperate Europe

Fungi of Temperate Europe is one of the most comprehensive mycological guides ever published. Featuring more than 7,000 photographs, this lavish two-volume set treats more than 2,800 species of fungi across the region.

Including agarics, boletes, chanterelles and morels but also more obscure groups such as cyphelloids, cup fungi, pyrenomycetous fungi and hysterioids, this guide takes an unprecedentedly broad approach to communicating fungal diversity. All species are illustrated with one or more photographs and information is given on morphology, ecology and distribution within temperate Europe. Furthermore, 1,500+ species are discussed as potential look-alikes. 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. Poisonous and edible species are colour coded within the text.

Revealing the world of fungi in all its splendour, Fungi of Temperate Europe is a must-have resource for any amateur or professional mycologist.

* 7,000+ photographs across 1,700 pages
* Colourful, up-close photos unrivaled by other mycological guides
* Coverage for 2,800+ fungal species
* Innovative and accessible system of identification
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1708 pages
  • 191 x 292 x 88.9mm | 5,307.03g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 7,000 color illus.
  • 0691180377
  • 9780691180373
  • 27,887

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"[A]nyone who has an interest in mushrooms should own this . . . amazing [book]."---Steve Trudell, Mycophile "One of the best comprehensive fungal guides for this European region currently available . . . highly recommended for every public and private library with interest in biology. It is very useful both for professionals and for everyone interested in this fascinating group of organisms."---Irmgard Krisai-Greilhuber, Osterreiche Zeitschrift fuer Mykologie "This is a really practical book that will be a boon to field mycologists, especially in temperate regions. . . . something all field mycologists who see it will want to have on the bench near their microscopes when making identifications. 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." * IMA Fungus * "Over 1700 pages of photographic goodness for the serious mycologist." * Inquisitive Biologist * "Simply takes your breath away. . . . the greatest strength of Fungi of Temperate Europe lies in its illustrations, which, I repeat, are simply glorious."---Peter Marren, British Wildlife "With its unprecedentedly broad taxonomic coverage, Fungi of Temperate Europe aims to provide a comprehensive overview of fungal species in Europe. It contains brief descriptions, up-to-date taxonomic names, and keys to identification based on innovative "fungal wheels.""---Gergely Kutszegi, Conservation Biology "Fungi of Temperate Europe represents an excellent 'all-in-one' handbook for field research, comprising all groups of fungi commonly studied by field mycologists. . . . Every mycologist in Europe can now have an excellent guide for all fungal groups, covering most genera of macrofungi, with short apt descriptions and superb photos, available at a very reasonable price."---Daniel Dvorak, Petr Hrouda, Czech Mycology "Not only for people in Europe is this the best guidebook to get, it also is extremely useful for people in other parts of the world. It is a splendid example [sic] how to present the multitude of forms in a way that makes identification possible and fun, while at the same time showing the beauty and diversity of fungi."---Else C. Vellinga, Mycotaxon
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About Thomas Laessoe

Thomas Laessoe is a mycologist and senior researcher at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He has previously been a senior scientific officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of several guide books. Jens H. Petersen is a mycologist, graphic designer and photographer. He taught mycology at Aarhus University for more than 20 years and is the author of The Kingdom of Fungi (Princeton). Petersen and Laessoe created the online identification tool MycoKey (
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