CSIRO PUBLISHING / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
This is the first of two introductory books to this major new series. Together, Volumes 1A and 1B will provide an introduction to the series, and consists of a collection of review essays on many aspects of Australian mycology, placed in a world context. The major component of Volume 1A is a discussion on the classification of the fungi, and a new classification to the level of Order.
Keys, of world-wide scope, to orders
Bibliography to classification chapter and keys to orders
Biology of the fungi
Australian aspects of the history of mycology
Extensive glossary to mycological terms
Many institutional and historical photographs
Fungi of Australia will be an essential text/reference for mycologists, botanists, plant taxonomists, biogeographers, ecologists, environmental consultants and conservationists – amateurs as well as professionals.
"In a fascinating chapter the aboriginal knowledge and use of fungi is summarized. This first volume is high quality, both in content and in production. Great care has been paid to lay-out and print of text and illustrations. It certainly is of general interest to mycologists, not only in Australia but also in other parts of the world." PERSOONIA 1997
"It is a pleasure to see the publication of the first two issues of an ambitious series. . .The general chapters of this volume form a highly readable general introduction to mycology which will be valuable all over the world."
"Excellent 37-page glossary with all of the terms one is apt to encounter in any fungal taxonomic work. An excellent introductory book. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." J. Dawson, Pittsburg State University, CHOICE Sept 1997
Reviews of Volumes 1A and 1B:
"Volumes 1A and 1B are superb. In fact, they are really quasi textbooks of mycology, and for this reason alone they demand much use by non-taxonomists." TAXON 48, November 1999
". . . Australia has a dearth of fungal floristic works. However, these two volumes turn the corner in a monumental way, and promise a healthy future . . . These two books taken in combination could successfully be used as textbooks for fungal teaching in not only Australia but elsewhere." R. Watling, Edinburgh Journal of Botany
"I would heartily recommend them. There is no doubt that they will form a platform for further research of not only Australian but Australasian fungi and are an excellent introductory text to the mycology of Australasia." G. S. Ridley, New Zealand Forest Research Institute (New Zealand Journal of Botany, Vol 36, 1998)