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Fungimap 8 Conference

16-21 April 2015 in Bateman's Bay, 
New South Wales


Visit http://fungimap.org.au 
to put your name down so you will be contacted when registration opens in early 2015.


Unfortunately the Perth Urban Bushland Fungi Project has come to the position where there are no funds to operate it over the 2012 fungi season.

This means there will be no fungi events for the general public this winter. 


PUBF website now linked with Atlas of Living Australia at http://www.ala.org.au/  Now including some images from the Perth fungi book.

Reports about fungi of Kings Park and Bold Park are now posted on the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority website at: www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park/biodiversity/fungi  http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/bold-park/biodiversity/fungi
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K. Griffiths: A Field Guide to the Larger Fungi of the Darling Scarp and South West of Western Australia

"The first fully illustrated handbook on 114 Western Australian larger fungi presented on a Family basis."

P. Negus: The Magical World of Fungi

"In this unique publication, accomplished artist, Patricia Negus, has illustrated the fungi of Australia's southwest in a collection of stunning watercolours."

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R. Robinson: Fungi of the South-west Forests

"Western Australia's South-West is known as one of the most botanically diverse regions in the world. The jarrah and the towering karri and tingle forests are home to an amazing range of fungi, found in a variety of forms".

N.L. Bougher and K. Syme: Fungi of Southern Australia

"Fungi of Southern Australia is the fruit of a partnership between a leading mycologist and one of Australia's best botanical artists. One hundred and twenty five species of fungi are superbly illustrated in colour, in their natural surroundings, complemented by a detailed text and scientific line drawings. Comprehensive chapters describe what they are, where to find them, how to collect and study them, and how to identify them. A special feature is a glossary cross-referenced to illustrations in the text."

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P. Grey and E. Grey: Fungi Down Under

"The Fungimap Guide to Australian Fungi covers 100 target species in the Fungimap project. The book deals with classification, techniques for observing and identifying fungi, detailed information on the 100 target Fungimap species (including distribution maps) and useful lists of scientific names and their meaning."

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A.M.Young: A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia

"Australia is world-renowned for its often extraordinary and unique natural environment – including many of its plants and animals. This beautiful book highlights an often overlooked, but just as remarkable, aspect of our natural world: Australia's fungi. Many are brightly coloured, some fluorescent; some are elegant, others squat; some are fragrant, more still are highly toxic. This field guide showcases many of these species in all their splendour."

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I.R. McCann: Australian Fungi Illustrated

"This book shows over 400 species of Fungi in full colour, presented in a way that the beginner is able to match fungi in the field to genus or common name. There is no attempt to provide detailed information of a more technical nature but associated vegetation types and any distinctive features are listed sufficient to enable a close and useful identification."

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B. Fuhrer: A Field Guide to Australian Fungi

"For the first time, a definitve field guide covering more than 500 fungi species with 548 superb colour photographs. All fungi photographed in their natural environment - many for the first time with information on fungal biology, ecology, classification, distribution, roles of fungi in nature, and spore prints."
The Glossary for the series, published in Volume 1A, is also available at http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/glossaries/fungi/index.html

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Fungi of Australia series

"The Fungi of Australia series sets out to document Australian fungi and to provide the basic systematic data necessary for issues relating to conservation, biological diversity, the environment and biotechnology."

Volumes published so far on macrofungi include:

Fungi of Australia Volume 1A Introduction - Classification

Fungi of Australia Volume 1B Introduction - Fungi in the Environment

Fungi of Australia Volume 2A Catalogue and Bibliography of Australian Macrofungi 1. Basidiomycota p.p.

Fungi of Australia Volume 2B Catalogue and Bibliography of Australian Fungi 2. Basidiomycota p.p. & Myxomycota p.p.

A.M. Young: Fungi of Australia - Hygrophoraceae

"This authoritative account, richly illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings, documents 92 species and infr-specific taxa of four Australian genera, Hygrophorus, Camarophyllopsis, Humidicutis and Hygrocybe. A comprehnsive introduction to the family is followed by identification keys to genera and species and detailed descriptions of each taxa."

C.A. Grgurinovic: The Genus Mycena in South-Eastern Australia

"This work is a taxonomic study of 66 species of Mycena, most of the species being from south-eastern Australia. The history of the classification of the genus, the history of the genus in Australia and previous Australian records are discussed, as are the characters used in distinguishing species, and the sytem used to determine the conservation status of the species."

I. Hood: An Introduction to Fungi on Wood in Queensland

"An introduction to the common fungi that are fouind on wood in Queesland. Over 180 species are illustrated, with descriptions and notes on their habitat and distribution."

C.A. Grgurinovic: Larger Fungi of South Australia

"This book represents the first major revision of the taxonomy of the macrofungi since Cleland's, Flora and Fauna Handbooks."

Chinchilla Field Naturalists'Club: Fungi Out West - Some fungi of southern inland Queensland

"This book will do a great deal to stimulate study of fungi in south-east Queensland and facilitate mapping of fungi in the area."

I.R. Hall et al: Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World

"A well-rounded look at mushrooms, including their cultivation, ethnobotanical uses, and the fascinating roles they play in nature. The authors provide advice on how to identify and distinguish edible and poisonous wild mushrooms and how to record important details, with suggestions on taking photographs and preparing spore prints. A well illustrated book describing the most common edible and poisonous mushrooms in the world." 

Workshop Manuals

PUBF Fungi Kits
Wungong Catchment Fungi Kit

This manual was produced by PUBF for a workshop sponsored by the West Australian Water Corporation in 2008. It contains information about finding, photographing, collecting and classfying fungi. A very useful resource if you're starting out. 

 Augusta - West Bay Bushland Fungi Kit

This manual was produced for a PUBF workshop sponsored by Environmental Research Group Augusta. It contains information about finding, photographing, collecting and classfying fungi and site specific information about West Bay Bushland including a list of fungi previously found in 2007.




Common Fungi of the Perth Region

Displays six fungi easly seen in most bushlands within the Perth Coastal Plain. The ghost fungus is bio-luminescent (take it into a darkened room or observe it at night, in the field protected from light). The magpie fungus (Coprinus aff.picaceus) is believed to be an introduced fungus, a member of the 'ink-cap' family which quickly turns black and 'inky' around the cap as it ages. The pinked gilled Volvariella is often seen in disturbed soils (garden beds or lawns with trees nearby). The dog poo fungus is often seen pushing its way up through impacted soils such as road verges and the curry punk will be seen on trees in the bushland. The Golden Wood fungus is common on dead banksia wood in most woodlands.  

Perth Urban Bushland Fungi

Describes some of the activities being conducted as part of this project and provides information on how to participate in the activities and events. Both these posters are available as downloads as PDF files.




A Snapshot of Interdependency

Illustrates the fruiting stages of a purple Cortinarius and describes its relationship with its habitat. This poster depicts a time series of photos of a fungus associated with jarrah trees at Bold Park, Perth.




Flora, Fauna and Fungi

Highlights macrofungi and their many interactions with animals and plants, and their significance in bushland management, conservation and restoration." The poster was an produced for MEDECOS XI conference held in Perth in 2007. The abstract was published as Bougher, N.L. (2007) Conservation of ecosystems to conserve fungi to conserve ecosystems. Summary Abstracts (p. 48), Medecos XI, Perth, WEstern Australia.



The Forgotten Flora - Poster and CD series

Three beautiful and informative posters and CDs that deal with a variety of issues from the Forgotten Flora project by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Victoria.





Department of Environment and Heritage Poster Series

Available at http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/publications/fungi/).

Fungi and their Kingdoms

"The word 'fungi' is used here in a very broad sense, to include a wide variety of organisms. The fungi show a great variety of form with species ranging from simple, single-celled organisms to very complex multicellular organisms. Given the wide array of fungal forms and lifestyles, it is not surprising that the different groups of fungi have quite different evolutionary histories. In fact the organisms called fungi occur across three Kingdoms: Protoctista, Chromista and Eumycota. In this section classification and its hierarchical structure is discussed."

Australian Fungi and the Environment

"Fungi have a number of different lifestyles. However, one thing common to all of them is that they do not make their own food but must feed on pre-existing organic matter. Fungi that feed on dead organic matter are called saprotrophs. Parasites are those that get their nutrients from other living organisms, with no benefit to the other organism. There are many fungi that get their nutrients from other living organisms, but with some benefit to the other organism. These are the mutualistic fungi. "

Web Links

Web Links

Australasian Mycological Society. The society has as it's main mission to maintain contact between and to represent mycologists, to promote the discipline of mycology and to encourage and facilitate the study and conservation of Australasian fungi. The Society aims to cover the range of interests in mycology, for example, taxonomy, ecology, conservation, plant pathology and medical mycology.

Australian Mushroom Industry Directory. Contains information on mushroom types, cultivation, recipe links, industry notes, student and media information, special offers and events.

Australian Photogaphy Has a lot of excellent fungi photography. Pictures large and clear.  Some West Australians contributing. To find fungi photos (amongst many other categories),  search for the word fungi or go to Nature category. You may need to register to see some pictures - I think the ones by site owner - Rick Kean.

Fungimap Australia - Fungimap is a collaborative project between professional and amateur mycologists and naturalists to gather information about the distribution of fungi throughout Australia.

FungiBank - FungiBank improves the availability of information about Australia's rich resource bank of native fungi. It provides information on the benefits of incorporating native fungi into revegetation and advice on sourcing and propagating native fungi. We hope FungiBank will encourage and enable people to find and recognize fungi and to use the fungi efficiently and responsibly in management and restoration of landscapes.

Fungi of Australia - Australian National Botanic Gardens Website, Department of Environment and Heritage, an in depth look at the Fungi of Australia.

Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority incorporating links to pages on Kings Park and Bold Park. The Authority aims to : "create and provide world recognized facilities and services and to inspire the conservation of biodiversity and conserve and enhance Kings Park, Bold Park and the State's Botanic Garden for the community."

Cuberla-Witton Catchment Network Inc. Queensland based (located in the Witton and Cubberla Creeks catchments) is a 'peak' community group linking people with an interest in environmental health of their catchments and their waterways. They have excellent pages on a variety of fruiting bodies of the macro-fungi found in their area.

Explore WA a tourist guide to Western Australia.

Florabase- Western Australian Herbarium's home page to the Flora of Western Australia.

Friends of Lake Gwelup - "Community volunteer group who help preserve the remnant bushland and the wildlife habitat of the Lake Gwelup reserve. We work in co-operation with the City of Stirling in the implementation of the Management Plan. To increase public awareness of nature in an urban environment and provide free guided day and night walks.".

Naturebase: Naturebase is the website for the Department of Environment and Conservation which has the lead responsibility for conserving the State's rich diversity of native plants, animals and natural ecosystems, and many of its unique landscapes. DEC manage WA's national, marine, conservation and regional parks, state forests and timber reserves, nature and marine nature reserves.

Urban Bushland Council - The Urban Bushland Council is the peak community organization for the recognition and protection of urban bushland in Western Australia and is a sponsoring organization for the PUBF Fungi Project.

Western Australian Herbarium - The Western Australian Herbarium is a part of the Department of Environment and Conservation. It is responsible for the description and documentation of Western Australia's botanical species diversity. The WA Herbarium is one of the three sponsoring organizations for the PUBF project.

Western Australian Naturalist Club Home Page - To encourage the study and protection of the natural environment. WA NATs is the main community sponsoring organisation for the PUBF project.

British Mycological Society, promoting fungal science to the community.

Fungi - Eumycota: mushrooms, sac fungi, yeast, molds, rusts, smuts, etc., the Tree of Life Project.

Fungi Images on the Net. Direct Access to the best fungi images on the net. A lot of work has gone into pulling together links to the best fungi images available on the internet.

Introduction to the Fungi - An introduction to the Kingdom of Fungi through the University of California, Berkeley's website.

Mychorrhizal Associations - A wealth of information, diagrams and photographs of the symbiotic association of fungi with the roots of plants - mychorrhizas.

Mycological Resources - The WWW Virtual Library: Mycology

Mycological and Lichenological Collection Catalogue - A useful list of Culture Collections, Herbarium Catalogues, Taxonomic References, Keys, Lists, and Bibliographies provided by UCMP.

Rogers Mushrooms - The website is based on Roger Phillips work 'Mushrooms and other fungi of Great Britain and Europe' and the similar book published on the mushrooms and Fungi of North America.

Scribbly Gum Forum is dedicated to people who find joy in observing events in the natural world. It's the companion forum to the Scribbly Gum Website which celebrates seasonal events in nature.

Treasures from the Fungi Kingdom - Taylor Lockwood's gallery of Fungi treasures, photo gallery, posters etc., (worth a visit).

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2008 )