DATABASE: Fungal Pointer

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Science  04 Nov 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5749, pp. 753
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5749.753d

A rotting tree is a feast for corticioid, or crust, fungi. The taxonomy of these mushroom cousins can stump even experts: Over the years, researchers have minted more than 8000 names for the roughly 2000 species. Compiled by mycologists at Tartu University in Estonia and Göteborg University in Sweden, Cortbase can guide fungus fans through this baffling nomenclature, identifying which species names remain valid. The site also offers a specimen locator to pinpoint which of 147 herbaria hold representatives of particular corticioids.

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