The Whole Fungus
Perhaps by posing a few questions I can give you some idea of what
you may expect to find as you browse through the twenty-seven
chapters in the two volumes of The Whole Fungus.
- Do you know what anamorphs, teleomorphs and holomorphs are?
These terms are central to the theme of the books, and are defined
in Chapter 3.
- Do you know how long the phenomenon of pleomorphism has
exercised the minds of mycologists; and how ancient it is? These
questions are answered in Chapters 2 and 26, respectively.
- Do you know how to differentiate scolecospores and
helicospores from other Saccardoan spore types? You'll find what
we hope are unequivocal delineations in Chapter 5.
- Do you know that one method of conidium development can be
transmuted into another and that the same fungus can use two
techniques concurrently? These important "aberrations" are
discussed in Chapters 6 and 7, respectively.
- Do you know how present-day distributions of fungi can be
interpreted in terms of plate tectonics ("continental drift")?
This is attempted in Chapter 8.
- Do you know how classifications of ascomycetous anamorphs and
teleomorphs affect one another? Chapters 9 - 12, 15 and 17 address
- Do you know that the basic Ascomycotan dichotomy between
unitunicates and bitunicates can be challenged? Chapter 13 shows
- Do you know that certain physiological factors stimulate
sporulation in some fungi, but suppress it in others? Chapter 16
presents incontrovertible evidence.
- Do you know that the "aquatic" (or, preferably, "amphibious")
Hyphomycetes include some of the best examples of convergent
evolution in the whole of the fungi? The evidence is in Chapter
- Do you know that Agarics (and many other Basidiomycetes) also
possess anamorphs? Chapters 19, 20 and 21 are concerned with these
unjustifiably neglected life-forms.
- Do you know that some "yeasts" are entirely mycelial? Chapter
22 should convince you.
- Do you know that a kind of doliporel septum is found among the
Zygomycetes? Chapter 23 discusses this phenomenon.
- Do you know why we should stop calling the "pseudo-taxa" of
conidial fungi, 'form species' and 'form genera' ? Chapters 26 and
27 will tell you.
Has that string of questions whetted your appetite? I hope so.
"Every serious student of mycology...ought to obtain these
fascinating, inexpensive volumes. Buy it, get your library to buy it,
get your students to buy it, and put aside a week or so to sit down
and read it cover to cover. Kananaskis II was a milestone."
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