RESOURCES: Puffballs and Morels And Rusts, Oh My!

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Science  02 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5753, pp. 1401
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5753.1401c

You might find the gelatinous fungus known as witch's butter (Dacrymyces palmatus) protruding from cracks in the bark of pine trees. To learn more about the habitats, structure, and reproduction of witch's butter and other fungi, dig into MykoWeb* from computer consultant Michael Wood of San Leandro, California. Aimed at researchers and amateur mushroom fans, the site reprints a classic mycology text and features articles from experts on topics such as the latest taxonomy and the biology of mycorrhizae, the partnerships between plant roots and fungi. But the centerpiece of MykoWeb is California Fungi, a photo-packed guide to more than 400 of the state's species, including D. palmatus.

To check on species that dwell farther north, visit The Pacific Northwest Fungi Database from Washington State University in Pullman. The growing site catalogs some 5000 types of fungi. Listings include the species' classification, who first described it, and the original reference.

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