TO IDENTIFY FUNGI
order to identify a fungal specimen accurately it is important to adhere to a
very strict set of identification criteria.
Only when all parts of the fungus have been checked against a reliable
literary source may a true naming take place.
and foremost before the collection of specimens it is necessary to have access
to several in depth field guides. For
out in the field it is obviously better to use a pocket-sized volume to make on
the spot identifications, however this may result in the sacrifice of textual
matter. Specimens that may not be
named out in the field can then be collected and taken for further study.
When at home with your collection it is then that more informative field
guides may be used.
When out in the
field collecting fungi it is vital to always take notes of habitat, colour
change upon cutting and growth patterns (solitary or trooping).
Use a sharp knife to collect your specimens so as to cut clean through
the fungiís stem rather than pull it out and risk damaged the mycelium.
Transport all specimens in a well-aerated, covered container therefore
limiting damage and drying out.
at home with the specimens a more extensive study can take place.
Each specimen should be dealt with in turn following a logical sequential
identification process. All parts of
the fungus need close inspection and testing, so a knife, hand lens (58
pen and notebook and plenty of patience will be required.
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