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Waxcap Key : :
To make life easier when identifying Waxcap fungi we have
created a printable version of the key - this can be taken
with you to field sites so you can identify the fungi in situ.
Waxcap Key - Part 1 - Microsoft
Word for Windows version - 38.0 KB
Waxcap Key - Part 2 - Microsoft
Word for Windows version - 71.0 KB
Note: To use the key you need to download
and print part 1 & 2 above:
Ecology and Diversity of Waxcap
(Hygrocybe spp.) Fungi:
Written by Gareth W Griffith, Gary L. Easton & Andrew W.
Institute of Biological Sciences,
University of Wales Aberystwyth,
Members of the genus Hygrocybe are ubiquitous and colourful
components of many undisturbed and nutrient-poor grasslands
in the UK. Through a number of detailed surveys of the distribution
of Hygrocybe spp. and of genera showing similar patterns of
occurrence (e.g. Clavaria spp., Entoloma spp., Geoglossum
spp.) a picture is gradually emerging of the more important
'waxcap grassland' sites, and of those species in greatest
need of protection. Waxcap fungi are far from ideal experimental
organisms which explains why so little has been published
about the biology and ecology.
They cannot be cultured on laboratory media and the correct
conditions for inducing spores of most species to germinate
have yet to be established. Nevertheless approaches such as
isotope ratio mass spectrometry and the use of molecular biology
techniques are beginning to provide an insight into the role
played by these organisms in grassland ecosystems, and why
they are so adversely affected by many agricultural practices.
Current field experiments at various sites including Sourhope
near Kelso will also permit investigations into waxcap ecology
to be correlated with parallel studies of other members of
the soil biota.
Download the full paper - Microsoft
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