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MUSHROOMS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Author: Steve Trudell and Joe Ammirati
Publisher: WORKMAN PUBLISHING, Jun 2009
Presents descriptions & photographs of 460 of the region's most conspicuous, distinctive, & ecologically important mushrooms. Includes OR, WA, southern B.C., ID, & westernmost Montana. Full Color t/out; 6x8 inches, 352 pgs.
The Pacific Northwest is one of the best places to find mushrooms -- they are both abundant & spectacularly diverse. Yet until now, there has been no mushroom guide that focuses on the region.
This compact, beautifully illustrated guide presents descriptions & photographs of 460 of the region's most conspicuous, distinctive, & ecologically important mushrooms. The geographic range covered by the book includes Oregon, Washington, southern British Columbia, Idaho, & westernmost Montana, with an emphasis on the heart of mushroom country: the low- to mid-elevation forest habitats of western Oregon & Washington. In addition to profiles on individual species, Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest also includes a general discussion & definition of fungi; information on where to find mushrooms & guidelines on collecting them; an overview of fungus ecology; & a discussion on mushroom poisoning & how to avoid it.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Steve Trudell is affiliate professor in the College of Forest Resources & lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Washington. He has been identifying & photographing mushrooms & studying their ecology for over 30 years. Steve belongs to the Mycological Society of America, North American Mycological Association, & International Mycorrhiza Society, writes for several mycological publications, & frequently serves as foray mycologist or invited lecturer for mycological societies & other nature groups. His research interests include the roles of fungi in forest nutrient cycling.
Joe Ammirati is professor of biology & teaches mycology & botany at the University of Washington. His research focuses mainly on the classification & evolutionary relationships of the gilled fungi, particularly in the genus Cortinarius, but also includes mushroom biogeography & co-evolution, mushroom toxicity, & fungal diversity of arctic/alpine, boreal, & subalpine habitats. Joe is the scientific advisor to the Puget Sound Mycological Society & Pacific Northwest Key Council.