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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Glossary (for Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Fungi)

Author
item DUGAN, FRANK

Submitted to: Smithsonian Institution Methods Book Series Measuring and Monitoring Biolog
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: July 1, 2000
Publication Date: July 1, 2004
Citation: Dugan, F.M. 2004. Glossary, (for Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Fungi)pp. 637-672 in Biodiversity of Fungi: Inventory Monitoring Methods, ed. by Mueller, G.M., G.F. Bills, and M.S. Foster. Elsevier Academic Press, Amsterdam. Smithsonian Institution Methods Book Series Measuring and Monitoring Biolog.

Interpretive Summary: The Smithsonian Institution is producing a series of handbooks intended to provide scientists with standard methods for measuring biological diversity. These books will assist scientists and their collaborators in listing and describing many different species in diverse habitats. Because virtually all groups of organisms have unique features, each book will have a glossary to guide the user through the pertinent technical jargon. In the case of fungi, the reader will need assistance in learning the terms used to describe the various spores, spore-producing structures, and other physical aspects of fungi and fungus-like organisms. Also included are terms relevant to classification and ecology of these organisms. The glossary is illustrated with over 250 small sketches and line drawings.

Technical Abstract: Approximately 300 technical terms and 250 diagrammatic sketches and illustrations are provided for the Smithsonian Institution methods book, ‘Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Fungi.’ Technical terms focus on traditional morphotaxonomy, ecology, and pathology. Also included are terms pertinent to higher phylogenetic classification of eufungi, oomycetes and various taxa of slime molds. By providing a direct entry into mycological terminology, the glossary will enable the user to understand the book’s text, and to utilize many standard keys published elsewhere, but the glossary does not substitute for available book-length treatments of mycological terminology.

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