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Product Details

  • Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series (Book 68)
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292742339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292742338
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The American field mycological renaissance continues space, spearheaded in large part by the authors of this book….A very good glossary and a gratifyingly comprehensive set of references are provided. For anyone with an interest in this genus this book represents essential reading and will serve American mycologists well for years to come. (Geoffrey Kibby Field Mycology 2013-07-01)

About the Author

Alan E. Bessette is a mycologist and distinguished emeritus Professor of Biology from Utica College of Syracuse University. He has published numerous professional papers in the field of mycology and has authored more than twenty books.

Arleen R. Bessette is a psychologist and mycologist who has been collecting and studying wild mushrooms for more than fifty years. She has authored or coauthored several books on mushrooms and teaches classes on mycology and the culinary aspects of mycophagy.

William C. Roody is a Wildlife Diversity Biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. He has authored or coauthored several books on mushrooms and other macrofungi and has won several national awards for his photography.

Steven A. Trudell, an affiliate professor in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Washington, teaches courses in fungal biology, mushroom identification, and mushroom photography. He is the coauthor of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hopping on January 18, 2013
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Tricholomas of North America is a comprehensive attempt to key, describe and illustrate the genus in the United States and adjacent Canadian provinces. The authors describe it as a work of "first approximation" for a shifting category of mushrooms with a track record for being difficult to identify.

Highly-respected and widely-used references, such as David Arora's Mushrooms Demystified and Michael Kuo's online MushroomExpert, each describe less than 20 tricholomas in detail. Tricholomas of North America contains well-organized presentations for (by my count) 71 named species plus 14 that are either new or uncertain.

Fifty-eight named species and each of the unnamed are illustrated with high-quality color photographs. The smallest are 2 ¾ x 4 inches. The majority are roughly 3 ¾ x 5 ¾ or larger. For some species as many as 5 images highlight different characteristics or variations in regional appearance. (Photos are labeled with the state or province of origin.) Another plus, possibly due to a new publishing house for the Bessettes, is that the photos are adjacent to species descriptions rather than the end of a section or the end of the book. Yeah!

The keys are first divided into Eastern NA vs. Western NA. Each half of the country is then subdivided by cap color: white/pallid, yellow, gray, brown. These keys are much closer to being dichotomous than those in the earlier Bessette books I'm familiar with. Where three options remain, the second is marked with a symbol to alert the identifier. The keys rely on macroscopic characteristics. Microscopic features--spore details, the presence of clamp connections, etc.--are provided for identifiers with microscopes.

Who is this book for? Clearly not babes in the mycological woods.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Riner on April 18, 2013
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We all know Tricholoma is a messy genus. Dr. Bessette and company make a good presentation of the recent status of this genus, showing where the confusions still exist. A great treatment that doesn't simply add more confusion to the mess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Igor Safonov on August 29, 2013
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This is the first comprehensive guide to a largely overlooked group of mycorrhizal fungi in our country. Tricholomas were never easy to identify due to being underrepresented in contemporary field guides, but thanks to this monograph amateur field mycologists will find it much less frustrating to put names them.

Profusely illustrated with large, high quality photographs and easy to read detailed morphological descriptions, this book also benefits from very clever dichotomous keys to species.

Does this book have all the species of tricholomas growing in the USA/Canada? Probably not -- but that's certainly not due to lack of effort on the authors part. It will take additional time to compile all undescribed taxa and unravel species clusters through the help of molecular phylogeny.

Written by the highly respected and famous professional mycologists who have authored several other indispensable guides to North American fungi, this book could not have come at a better time. If you are passionate about mushrooms, it's a must have reference.
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As a field guide it is just one more reference which does exactly what it set out to do... "Filling the gap between technical publications and the limited representation of Tricholomas in general field guides."
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Warner on December 31, 2013
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It is relatively well written as far as it goes, but covers just a fraction of the US fauna, certainly not fitting the comprehensive nature of the title. It should have been titled "Some Tricholomas...."
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