3rd Edition

Pictorial Atlas of Soil and Seed Fungi Morphologies of Cultured Fungi and Key to Species,Third Edition

By Tsuneo Watanabe Copyright 2010
    426 Pages 2428 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Pictorial Atlas of Soil and Seed Fungi: Morphologies of Cultured Fungi and Key to Species, Third Edition describes and illustrates more than 515 fungal species, including:

    • 49 oomycetous species belonging to seven genera
    • 42 zygomycetous species belonging to 12 genera
    • 52 ascomycetous species belonging to 28 genera
    • 42 basidiomycetous species belonging to 27 genera
    • 319 anamorphic (deuteromycetous or mitosporic) species belonging to 145 genera

    Dr. Watanabe describes all fungi alphabetically under the orders of Oomycota, Zygomycota, Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and Anamorphic (Deuteromycetous) fungi. For each genus, he includes type species, references, morphology, and materials. Morphologies of cultured fungi are briefly described and illustrated together with the description of the isolation sources and methods.

    The book illustrates all fungi alongside morphologies and colonies of their fresh agar cultures or dried specimens, providing ready access to morphologically similar fungi for quick comparison.

    Most of the fungi are isolated from soil, plant roots, and seeds, and the rest are from wood-inhabiting fruiting bodies, their spores, or the spore-like structures associated with them. They are mostly collected in Japan, but some are from the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Switzerland, and Taiwan, R.O.C.

    Soil and Seed Fungi Design and Usage
    Diversities of Fungi
    Materials and Methodology
    Identification of Fungi
    Key to the Genera of Fungi
    Anamorphic Fungi: Deuteromycetes, Fungi Imperfecti, Mitosporic Fungi
    Afterword to the Third Edition


    Dr. Tsuneo Watanabe is an invited research scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan. He received his B.A. from the University of Tokyo in 1961 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964 and 1967. Dr. Watanabe was active as a plant pathologist and mycologist in the field of soil-borne diseases, their pathogens, and soil fungi at the National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Forestry, and Forest Products Research Institute of Japan for 30 years. Upon retirement, he engaged in one of the national projects at AIST for five years, and subsequently worked continuously as an invited research scientist.

    Praise for the Second Edition:

    "… presents a large amount of work collected systematically over a long period of time. …Dr. Watanabe shares his experience acquired as a plant pathologist and mycologist specialized in soil and similar fungi over a long period of time. …will soon become a standard reference in mycological libraries."
    —Liliane E. Petrini, Comano, Switzerland, in Sydowia 54 (2) December 2002

    "… a useful tool for all involved in mycological studies."
    Journal of Plant Pathology (2002), 84 (2)

    "The methods presented, which have been worked out experimentally, are some of the best methods, particularly for culture maintenance, that this reviewer has ever seen in print …Each specimen is very ably illustrated with one to six photographs of outstanding quality, which should allow easy identification …All in all, an outstanding book for individuals interested in soil and seed fungi or for plant pathologists."
    —J. Dawson, Pittsburg State University, in CHOICE, February 2003, 40 (6)