Fungi are a fundamentally important group of organisms, essential to nutrient cycling and recycling, and to the health of most plants and animals. Of the estimated 250,000 species of fungi in Australia only about five per cent have been described. This series will provide a major impetus for research on the balance.
The Fungi of Australia series documents indigenous and naturalised fungi found in Australia and its territories, providing the basic systematic data necessary for issues relating to conservation, biological diversity and biotechnology.
Individual titles will provide keys for identification, as well as descriptions, illustrations, notes on ecology, distribution maps and bibliographic information for each species. The series will become an important baseline reference for those interested in Australian mycology.
Fungi of Australia is co-published by CSIRO Publishing and the Australian Biological Resources Study.