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Fungi of Australia: The Smut Fungi

Flora / FaunaIdentification Key

Series: Fungi of Australia

By: Kalman Vanky and Roger G Shivas

267 pages, Illus, col photos, maps

CSIRO

Hardback | May 2008 | #174335 | ISBN-13: 9780643095366
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NHBS Price: £86.50 $110/€103 approx

About this book

The smut fungi (Ustilaginomycetes and some Urediniomycetes) are parasites mainly of flowering plants. In Australia, these fungi include 296 species in 43 genera. The conspicuous stage is the sorus, which is often confined to the ovary or inflorescence, but may also be found in the anthers, fruits, leaves, stems and roots. Responsible for devastating crop losses in the past, their importance for Australian agriculture has been reduced since the introduction of fungicidal seed treatments and the development of disease resistant varieties. However, some smuts remain serious pathogens of cereal crops elsewhere in the world, thus highlighting the importance of accurate identification and the need for a reliable understanding of the taxonomy of the entire group, including endemic and established species.

This volume of the "Fungi of Australia", the first overview of the Australian smut fungi in almost 100 years, includes identification keys to genera and species, full synonymy, descriptions and comprehensive lists of specimens. The accompanying CD provides an easy-to-use, interactive key to smut species, with comprehensive fact-sheets, distribution maps and over 1000 images.

This is the first authoritative interactive identification guide to a significant group of Australian plant-pathogenic fungi.The CD includes detailed descriptions, full synonymy and distribution maps for almost 300 species; and more than 1000 high-quality illustrations of macroscopic and microscopic features of the fungi, as well as disease symptoms in the hosts.


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