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Mycological Resources on the Internet: Publications and discussion

Journals, books, and newsletters; discussion forums

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A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi, by M.C. Cooke

Cooke's 1898 book, "A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi (6th edition)" is an early introductory text. Mike Walton has posted it on the web.

A Treatise on the Esculent Funguses of Britain, by C.D. Badham

Badham's 1847 book, "A Treatise on the Esculent Funguses of England" is an early account of edible fungi. Many of the scientific names have changed now, but the text and its accompanying plates are an interesting diversion. Mike Walton has posted it on the web.

American Mushroom Institute

A trade association representing those who grow, process, and market cultivated mushrooms in the US, the AMI promotes mushroom cultivation and consumption. Their web site includes information about their journal, "Mushroom News" and the Sinden Scholarship Fund for cultivation of edible fungi.

American Society of Plant Taxonomists

This site includes the ASPT newsletter, and information about the ASPT journal Systematic Botany, and Systematic Botany Monographs.

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

An international journal of general and molecular microbiology, covering bacteria, yeasts, and fungi.

Application of pure cultures in systematic research of basidiomycetes, polypore genera Amyloporia and Antrodia as examples

The Master's thesis of M. Haanpää includes some useful pictures of Antrodia and Amyloporia. The text is available online in Finnish (University of Helsinki).

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

A scientific journal that includes mycological articles.


Australasian Plant Pathology Society

Information on the APPS its newsletter, APPS News, and its journal, Australasian Plant Pathology.

Australian Mycotoxin Newsletter

The Australian mycotoxin newsletter is available in pdf format.

Balogh Scientific Books

New and second-hand books.


BioloMICS is a software database package for managing diverse biological data that might include sequences, images, phylogenies, or characters. Bio-aware suggests their products will be of use to taxonomists and biodiversity researchers.

Biodiversity and Conservation

A scientific journal.

Boston Mycological Club (USA)

Website of the Boston Mycological Club (Massachusetts, USA) and the BMS Bulletin.

British Mycological Society

The BMS's web pages include meeting and foray information, and information on their fine journals: Mycological Research, The Mycologist, and Field Mycology.

California Lichen Society

The California Lichen Society webpage includes membership information, its Bulletin and other publications, links of interest to lichenologists, and announcements for Society members.

Canadian Journal of Botany

A scientific journal including many articles on mycology.

Canadian Phytopathological Society

The web pages of the Canadian Phytopathological Society include information on membership, meetings, back issues of the newsletter, and information on publications.

Center for Disease Control

The CDC site includes imformation on fungal diseases of humans in USA. Their searchable newsletter, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, is an excellent source for mushroom poisonings, fungal disease incidences, and other health problems associated with fungi.

Central New York Mycological Society (USA)

Website of the Central New York Mycological Society (USA), including its newsletter, the Fungal Gazette.

Colorado Mycological Society (USA)

Website of the CMS and its newsletter, Spores Afield.

Concise Descriptions of North American Ectomycorrhizae

An identification guide edited by D.M. Goodman, D.M. Durall, J.A. Trofymow and S.M. Berch.

Cortbase: nomenclature of corticioid fungi

A nomenclatural database of corticioid fungi is available for download at this site. The Corticiaceae are a group of basidiomycetes that, on a macroscopic level, look a lot like a splash of paint on wood. Up close they can be strikingly beautiful.

Danish Mycological Society

This Danish society provides indices to the journals Svampe and Friesia, lists of taxa known from Denmark and a "red list" of rare fungi. They also sponsor an event called the MycoMarathon.


DELTA (DEscription Language for TAxonomy) is a powerful software package for Windows computers that facilitates character analysis in taxonomic and phyogenetic studies. Through add-on Intkey software, users can create identification keys from on DELTA datasets.

Dictionary of the Fungi

The systematic arrangement of fungal genera as suggested in Ainsworth and Bisby's Dictionary of the Fungi (8th edition) can be searched online.

Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: a field to kitchen guide

A mushroom field guide by D.W. Fischer and A.E. Bessette.

European Journal of Plant Pathology

A scientific journal of plant pathology.


A journal of North American bryophytes and lichens. Tables of contents are available for browsing.

FEMS Yeast Research

A scholarly journal of research on yeasts.


A publication of the Herbarium des Institutes für Botanik der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. Fritschiana includes indices to specimens in the exsiccatae Lichenotheca Graecensis and Mycotheca Graecensis.

Fungal Contamination in Public Buildings: a guide to recognition and management

This publication of Health Canada explores the recognition and management of fungi detected in public buildings, and their effects on human health (link will download a pdf file).

Fungal Diversity Press

Publisher of the journal Fungal Diversity and a separate series of monographs concerning fungal biodiversity and systematics.

Fungal Genetics Stock Center (FGSC)

The FGSC serves databases on the genetics of Aspergillus, Fusarium, Neurospora, Sordaria and other fungi, as well as catalogs of mutant and wild type strains; cloned genes and gene libraries; and useful recipes and methods. The Fungal Genetics Newsletter is online with full text and quality images. Some laboratory exercises demonstrating fungi can be found here. European users will achieve faster access through the U.K. mirror site.

Fungi of Australia

An ambitious and timely series of books documenting the fungi of Australia.


FungiFlora is a Norwegian publishing company, founded by Leif Ryvarden, that specializes in works on taxonomic mycology.

Fusarium Internotes

Newsletter of the International Soceity for Plant Pathology Committee on Fusarium.

George Barron's website

This website includes some lovely images of fungi, including Entomophthora, Spinellus, and some nematode parasites. It also includes information on Barron's book "Mushrooms of Northeast North America" (in Canada entitled "Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada").

Il Genere Boletus

A cd-rom on the genus Boletus, edited by G. Acquaviva and L. Lanconelli.

IMI descriptions of Fungi and Bacteria

In the Company of Mushrooms: a biologist's tale

A book by Elio Schaechter.

Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum)

The WWW version of the ING is a massive searchable index of generic names of organisms covered by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (including, of course, Fungi). A bibliographic citation, and information on typification, status, and classification are provided for each generic name.

Index to American Botanical Literature

This searchable Index to American Botanical Literature is provided by the New York Botanic Garden, and includes much useful bibliographic information about fungi.

Index to biological journals

A complete listing of biological journals, their abbreviations, and home pages.

Index to illustrations in The Mycologist and Field Mycology

Mike Walton's index to fungal illustrations published in the British Mycological Society journals "The Mycologist" and "Field Mycology."

Infection, Genetics and Evolution

A scholarly journal of research on disease epidemiology, and molecular evolution.

Instituto de Genetica Forestal

The fungi of Veracruz, Mexico are illustrated on this site. Technical descriptions of selected species form the series Funga Veracruziana (in Spanish. I particularly recommend the site for its images of stinkhorns (Phallales).

International Association for Plant Taxonomy

The IAPT is an association of botanists, mycologists and lichenologists who collectively determine the rules by which plants and fungi are named. See also their journal, Taxon.

International Code of Botanical Nomenclature

The current version of the ICBN (St. Louis Code, 2000) is available online in English and Slovak. Its appendices include lists of conserved and rejected names. The code specifies the rules by which plants and fungi are named.

IUPAC Mycotoxin Newsletter

A newsletter of mycotoxin research.


Journal of the Swedish Mycological Society.

Koeltz Scientific Books

New books (Germany).

L'intuition de la matière chez les mycologues

A book by Richard Bernaer.

Le Cercle de Mycologie de Mons (Belgium)

An association of mycologists in Belgium. Their web pages include their bulletin, Miscellanea Mycologica.

Lichens of North America

A forthcoming book by I.M. Brodo, S.D. Sharnoff, and S. Sharnoff.


A scientific journal of bryology.

Los Angeles Mycological Society (USA)

The newsletter of the Los Angeles Mycological Society is called the Spore Print.

Lubrecht and Cramer, booksellers

Sellers of antiquarian and hard-to-find books in mycology and botany (NJ, USA).

Mactode Publications

Images of fungal plant pathogens on cd-rom, available through Mactode Publishing.

Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds

A book by G.W. Hudler, 1998.

Matsushima Mycological Memoirs no. 8

Searchable text, plus illustrations from Matsushima Mycological Memoirs no. 8.

Medical and Veterinary Mycology

A scientific journal.

Medical Mycology

A journal devoted to the study of disease fungi published by the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM).

Micro-Fungi, by Thomas Brittain

Thomas Brittain's 1882 book, "Micro-Fungi" is a popular account of small fungi, plant pathogens, and molds found in the U.K. Mike Walton has kindly augmented it and posted it on the web.

Microbial Information Network of China

A compilation of data from Chinese culture collections and herbaria, information on the journal "Mycosystema," and other Chinese mycology resources.

Microfungi Exsiccati

A series issued by the Botanische Staatssammlung München.

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Moulds: their isolation, cultivation and identification

An online version of David Malloch's excellent guide to moulds (University of Toronto Press, 1981), complete with keys, media recipes, and illustrations of common genera. This book makes a great introduction to hyphomycetes for those with access to a microscope.

Mushroom Growers' Newsletter

The Mushroom Growers' Newsletter website includes tables of contents, events listing, features from past newsletters, a subscription form and access to other mushroom growing information online.

Mushroom identification cards

A set of flashcards with color illustrations to help you learn to identify mushrooms. By Richard F. Progovitz (northeastern USA).

Mushroom the Journal

A quality journal of Wild Mushrooming, for "those who like to hunt, name, cook, study and photograph wild mushrooms." The site includes a useful discussion of the best North American guides to mushrooms.

Mushrooms and Light: the nature photographer's guide to photographing mushrooms

A book by E.S. Matisoff.

Mushrooms and Mankind

James Arthur presents his book on ethnomycology (Mushrooms and Mankind), several sections of which are available through this site.

Mushrooms of Northeastern North America

A field guide to macrofungi by A.E. Bessette, A.R. Bessette, and D.W. Fischer (1997).


This interesting e-journal devoted to fungi provides synopses of fungus-related news, articles, as well as interesting editorials and book reviews. Although it enjoyed a brief haitus, it's back as of 2005, complete with new articles and a blog.


Journal of the Mycological Society of America.

Mycologica Balcanica

Journal of the Bulgarian Mycological Society.

Mycological Progress

A new journal of fungal biology, initiated in 2001. Mycological Progress invites papers on fungal systematics, pathology, physiology, and applied biology.

Mycological Research

Journal of the British Mycological Society.

Mycological Society of America

The web page of the Mycological Society of America includes information on activities and officers of the society, searchable abstracts of annual meetings, and membership information. Links are provided to the official MSA journal, Mycologia; the MSA newsletter, Inoculum; a directory of MSA members; and the MSA Bulletin board, MSAPOST.

Mycological Society of Toronto (Canada)

The website of this society in Ontario, Canada includes their newsletter, "Mycelium." The site also includes information about the annual Cain Foray and the Toronto Fungi Fair.

Mycologue Publications

Mycologue is a publishing company founded by W. Bryce Kendrick. It provides books, teaching materials, and computerized keys to fungi (Canada). The site also includes information and many illustrations of fungi that complement Dr. Kendrick's textbook, The Fifth Kingdom (q.v.).


Mycomania is a really nice French e-zine of mycology. It also includes a glossary of French mycological terms.


An online and print journal of mycological systematics, specializing in checklists, inventories, and notes on classification.


Mycopathologia is an international journal devoted to the study of the role of fungi in disease and biodeterioration.


A scientific journal.

Mycorrhizas webpage

This guide to mycorrhizal associations (adapted and excerpted from a larger book) is provided by Mark Brundett at CSIRO (Australia). It details the structure and development of mycorrhizae, with handsome images and good textual explanation. It makes a wonderful teaching tool.


A scientific journal on diseases caused by fungi.


A scientific journal of fungal taxonomy, Mycotaxon also sells books and interesting T-shirts.


Seller of antiquarian books on fungi (Germany). Selections of plates from beautiful old books on fungi can be viewed online!

Nematophagous fungi

Philip Jacobs' studies on nematophagous fungi for biological control can be accessed from this page (in German).

New Phytologist

A scientific journal including mycological articles, including especially those on mycorrhizal fungi and plant pathogens.

New Zealand Journal of Botany

North American Lichen Project

The North American Lichen Project includes essays on lichen biology and the uses of lichens by people and animals, as well as excerpts and lovely photographs from the forthcoming book Lichens of North America, by I.M. Brodo, S.D. Sharnoff, and S. Sharnoff (Yale University Press).

Outdoor Bookstore

Second-hand books (USA).


PEST CABWeb deals with entomology, nematology, weed science, biological control, plant pathology and many other aspects of pest management. Subscribers can access CABI's journals online, and others may view abstracts and information on CABI's services, as well as recent numbers of "Descriptions of Fungi and Bacteria."


A journal of plant pathology.

Phytopathogenic fungi from South Africa

This book by Crous, Phillips and Baxter is a host-fungus index to fungal plant pathogens in South Africa (Department of Plant Pathology Press, University of Stellenbosch, 2000). An updated and searchable web version of the book is provided at this web site.


A scientific journal of plant pathology.

Plant Disease

A scientific journal of plant pathology.

Puget Sound Mycological Society (USA)

The Puget Sound Mycological Society (Washington, USA) publishes a newsletter called Spore Prints.

Revista Iberoamericana de Micología

A scientific journal covering aspects of fungal biology and ecology, and notably fungi that cause disease in humans and animals.

Singer Index

A searchable index to fungal names published by Rolf Singer, a North American expert on macrofungi. Extracted from Mueller and Wu's 1997 book: Mycological Contributions of Rolf Singer: Field Itinerary, Index to New Taxa, and List of Publications.

Society for Invertebrate Pathology

Fungal diseases of insects and kin and biological control are among the subjects that unite the members of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology.


Svampe is the journal of the Danish Mycological Society. The website provides English summaries of most articles and online indices.

The Bryologist

The Fifth Kingdom

W.B. Kendrick's delightful introductory mycology textbook, The Fifth Kingdom, is partly available online. This site includes over 800 lavish, colorful illustrations as a supplement to the text, which is available from Mycologue Publications (q.v.). The text of sample chapters is available, too. Dr. Kendrick's website also includes other publications for sale.

The Forager Press

A book publisher devoted to fungi (NY, USA).

The Lichenologist

A scientific journal of lichens.

The Mushroom Place

This web site includes information on mushroom identification, as well as Discover Mushrooms: a commericial identification software package by C. Samuels.

The Mycologist

Newsletter of the British Mycological Society.

TRANSLAT: software for translating English to botanical Latin

Peter Bostock provides this DOS/Windows-based software for translating from English to botanical Latin.

U.S. National Fungus Collections databases

This incredibly valuable USDA-ARS site is the superstar of all mycological internet resources. It provides searchable data from "Fungi on Plants and Plant Products in the US;" and "Literature Guide for Identification of Plant Pathogenic Fungi;" mycological literature reference databases; a listing of specimens in the National Fungus Collections (BPI); an index to Saccardo's "Sylloge Fungorum;" and and index to the "Index of Fungi." Alternate access is through telnet to (login USER; password: USER).

Vedam's Books International

New books (India).

Willamette Valley Mushroom Society (USA)

The website of this mushroomers society in Oregon (USA) includes their newsletter, The Puffball.


Excellent monographic treatments of various genera of the family Xylariaceae (Ascomycota) by J.D. Rogers, Y.-M. Ju, and M.J. Adams. Keys are available for the genera Biscogniauxia, Creosphaeria, Daldinia, Discoxylaria, Entoleuca, Hypoxylon, Jumillera, Kretzschmaria, Kretzschmariella, Stilbohypoxylon, Vivantia, and Whalleya, and each species is illustrated and thoroughly described. An index to more than 1200 species epithets is provided for the treated genera. A key to genera of the Xylariaceae has recently been completed. Wow.

Zeitschrift für Mykologie

A scientific journal of mycology.

Discussion Forums


The taxonomy of anamorphic fungi is the topic of this discussion forum/electronic newsletter maintained by Keith Seifert of Agriculture Canada.

Basidiomycete phylogeny

Researchers interested in the phylogeny of basidiomycetes now have a home on the WWW that includes a list of meetings and workshops, an address book of like-minded mycologists, and a bibliography of relevant references.

BIOSCI Electronic Newsgroup Network

An international newsgroup network covering many different areas of biology. Groups are devoted to discussion of specific topics in biology; here are some that might pique a mycologist's interest:

Archives of the BIOSCI/bionet newsgroups and an alternative posting method for those with older web browsers can be found through the BIOSCI Web page. You can also search the archives of all bionet groups.

British Columbia Ectomycorrhizal Research Network

BCERN presents an online version of the 1996 book, Manual of Concise Descriptions of North American Ectomycorrhizae. The descriptions are augmented with photomicrographs to aid identification. The BCERN newsletter is also available.

Candida News

An electronic discussion list for researchers studying the molecular biology of Candida species.

Caribbean Mycorrhizal Research Net (CARIVAM)

Deep Hypha website

An ambitious project aimed at refining our understanding of the phylogeny of all fungi. The Deep Hypha webpage includes original proposals to the National Science Foundation (USA), a discussion group, list of participants, and links to the current project, Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life. A useful compilation of PCR primers for fungi is found on the Resources page.

FUNGUS home page

FUNGUS was an electronic newsletter devoted mushroom growing. Sadly, it was discontinued in 1997. Although the searchable archives are no longer updated, they're worth a look for answers to all kinds of questions on mushroom cultivation.


An electronic discussion group devoted to lichens. To subscribe, send the message "subscribe LICHENS-L Your Name" (e.g. subscribe LICHENS-L Kathie Hodge) to


An Italian electronic discussion group devoted to fungi. To subscribe, send a message with a blank subject line and the words "subscribe MICO-IT" in the body of the message to Or for more information, send the command "info MICO-IT".

This site provides access to many different morel-hunting bulletin boards in the US. If you're seeking morels in your area, visit here first to pick up tips.

MSA Bulletin Board (MSAPOST)

The electronic bulletin board of the Mycological Society of America is a moderated (spam-free!) web-based forum for information exchange. Membership in MSA is not required to access thees mycological announcements.

A discussion board for discussion of mushrooms, plus a collection of mushroom links.


This interesting e-journal devoted to fungi provides synopses of fungus-related news, articles, as well as interesting editorials and book reviews. Although it enjoyed a brief haitus, it's back as of 2005, complete with new articles and a blog.

Mycological Society of America

The web page of the Mycological Society of America includes information on activities and officers of the society, searchable abstracts of annual meetings, and membership information. Links are provided to the official MSA journal, Mycologia; the MSA newsletter, Inoculum; a directory of MSA members; and the MSA Bulletin board, MSAPOST.

Mycology Net

Mycology Net is a launching place for studies in systematic mycology, and includes a discussion forum, and a large collection of links to searchable literature databases and other resources.


Mycomania is a really nice French e-zine of mycology. It also includes a glossary of French mycological terms.

Mycorrhizae Mailing List (Micronet)

A mailing list dedicated to discussion of mycorrhizae and fungus-root interactions. To join, send the message "subscribe micronet Your Name" (e.g. subscribe micronet Kathie Hodge) to


PERMIT-L is a moderated electronic mailing list for discussions on permits for biological collecting, import/export, and site access. It covers all kinds of organisms and is hosted by the Smithsonian Institution. To subscribe, send an email message to LISTSERV@SIVM.SI.EDU (leave subject line blank and omit signature): "Subscribe PERMIT-L Firstname Surname" (e.g. Subscribe PERMIT-L Kathie Hodge).


A dynamic electronic mailing list for discussions on biosystematics, biogeography and collection curation. To subscribe, send a message to (leave subject line blank and omit signature): "signup taxacom your name" (e.g. signup taxacom Kathie Hodge)
TAXACOM archives are available for browsing and searching

The Cantharellus Research Group

For those studying Cantharellus.


The+mycoculture-list is a private discussion group for cultivators of gourmet (non-psychoactive) mushrooms. It is not intended for beginners. To subscribe, send an email to with the word SUB in the message/subject field.

An organization promoting research on truffles. The site includes images, molecular methodologies, a directory and bulletin board, and Tuberkey, a Delta-based key to Tuber species. Neat!

USENET Newsgroups

Once a large global network of newsgroups covering every topic you can imagine, now somewhat dated. USENET groups are accessed through a Newsserver (maintained by one's institution or service provider) using Newsreader software (incorporated in most web browsers). Some USENET groups of interest to mycologists are listed below. See also various BIOSCI groups (q.v.), or try the Dejanews website, which provides a useful keyword search across hundreds of USENET newsgroups.