New Mycology Book

Sharing on behalf of the Welsh Microfungi Group

Dear Fellow Mycologists,

This is just a message to hopefully promote our new book on “ White Moulds, Ramularia and Phacellium Anamorphs, in Wales and Britain: a Guide and Welsh Census Catalogue ” which has now been printed. This is the 5th volume in the series covering phytoparasitic microfungi by the Welsh Microfungi Group. I’ve attached a flier which will give you more information about it and the contents and how to obtain a copy. This group of fungal pathogens are very common, yet very under-recorded. Using the book it should be possible to identify most species found and hopefully generate lots of new records.

There is no similar book available and most specialist books are very expensive as we all know. Thanks to generous help from the BSPP and BMS we are able to sell the books at a very affordable price, thus, at £6.50 plus p&p it’s an absolute bargain! (There is some information about our other books on Rust Fungi; Smuts and Allied Fungi; Powdery Mildews; and Downy Mildews & Albugos on the flier. There are still some hard copies of the last 2 volumes available and all are available to download for free from the link on the flier).

The book is richly illustrated including full colour macroscopic images of infected plants and microscopic images of the fungi. Using the book and knowing the host species it should be possible to identify most of the species collected and we hope it will encourage and stimulate more recording of this group.

I couldn’t attach the flyer so copied and pasted a section, as follows:

The book is in A4 format, spirally bound with a plastic-coated cover and contains 128 pages and over 300 images. You can examine an online version through the link below.
Copies, as a result of financial support from the British Society for Plant Pathology and the British Mycological Society, only cost £6.50 plus £3.20 p&p directly from Ray Woods, Ty Mawr Mill, Builth Wells, Powys. LD2 3SH. Email: [email protected]
Hard copies will also be available from on-line book suppliers (ISBN 978-0-956 5750-5-0) and digital copies can be download free from


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Yes, that’s the one. Thanks.
I’ve edited my comment and replaced the faulty link.

The rest of the series

Rust Fungi (2015)

Smut and Allied Fungi (2018)

Powdery Mildews (2019)

Downy Mildews (2020)

Thanks very much for these, very useful resource

Thanks Mark making it up to 20 charac

How on earth does one find this sort of thing? Mildews and rusts hidden in a folder about Waxcaps!! And trying to start at is worse than hopeless. You hear of items being lost in museums because they have been misplaced or miscatalogued: the internet must be orders of magnitude worse.

I will put those link is my Fungi Projects. I’ll help to keep them alive in iSpot.
Two of five

I fed something on the lines of Chater Fungi into Google.

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Can anyone recommend a book about bracket fungi?

Recourse to Amazon tells me that there is Pegler’s The Polypores (1973), published by the British Mycological Society, so presumably with the appropriate geographical scope. Further resort to the web finds that it was published as a supplement to their journal and is only 40 pages long. You can buy a PDF from Elsevier for about the same price as the secondhand paperback is sold for.

NBN has 405 species of Polyporales in Britain, so the forty of so species in Lange & Hora (Collins Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools) is well short of exhaustive, though some of those 405 species will be vanishingly rare. (With 405 species I’d worry that Pegler’s coverage is too shallow to be useful either.)

It may be the case that Pegler’s scope is relatively narrow taxonomically - it includes as key to genera, as well as to British species, so presumably covers at least a family (Polyporaceae), but may not cover the whole of Polyporales.