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Mushrooms of Northeastern North America
This encyclopedic volume, including nearly 1500 species and 650 color photographs, illustrates the diversity of mycoflora throughout northeastern North America. Professional and advanced mycologists will welcome the inclusion of microscopic features, chemical reagent data, information on classification, and author citations. The user-friendly keys and nontechnical language will appeal to the novice mushroom collector, as will the introductory information on fungal anatomy, collecting techniques, and mushroom cooking and preservation.
In 1868, botanist Charles Horton Peck began studying the fungi of northeastern North America. Before his pioneering efforts, few of this continent’s endemic mushrooms had been described and named. Over the next forty years, Peck described and named more than 3,000 species of fungi—the lion’s share of this continent’s native mushrooms. For this reason, he has been called “the father of modern American mycology.” Some of these were specimens sent to Peck by other collectors, but the bulk were collected by Peck himself. When Peck retired after suffering a stroke in 1915, his work was nowhere near completion. Even today, the region’s diverse ecosystems yield mushrooms that are as yet unnamed.
Many people have assisted us with this work. We are grateful for their myriad contributions. We thank the following persons for mycological notes, technical information, and assistance with species identification: Timothy J. Baroni, Harold H. Burdsall, Jr., Edward Bosman, Ernst E. Both, William R. Burk, Raymond M. Fatto, Robert Gilbertson, John H. Haines, Richard L. Homola, Bruce Horn, Richard P. Korf, Currie D. Marr, Orson K. Miller, Jr., Gregory Mueller, Clark Ovrebo, Ronald Petersen, Donald Pfister, Scott Redhead, Samuel S. Ristich, Clark Rogerson, William C. Roody, Walter E. Sturgeon, Rodham E. Tulloss, Eugene Varney, and James J. Worrall. Thanks also to Sheldon Cushing, Raymond M. Fatto, Emily Johnson, Peter Katsaros, Richard Kay, Samuel S. Ristich, William C. Roody, and Walter E. Sturgeon for contributing slides which greatly enhanced this book. We thank the following individuals who made valuable mycological contributions of specimens for photography and study: William K. Chapman, David Harris, Nancy Hinman, Alma and Robert Ingalls, Peter Molesky, Sally Reymers, Jessica Scialdo, and Helen and Ralph Wagner. We are grateful to Sam Norris for the beautiful mushroom illustration included in the Introduction. We thank the members of the mushroom clubs who have invited us to share their fungi and their knowledge of them. We greatly appreciate the efforts and contributions of Ernst E. Both who reviewed the bolete section of the manuscript, Bettie McDavid Mason who copyedited the manuscript, and Christopher Kuntze who designed the book, all of whom made valuable comments and suggestions for its improvement. We are especially grateful to Robert Mandel and his staff at Syracuse University Press who made this book possible.
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