Kansas Mushroom Books

A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms
    This first-rate guide written for Kansas mushrooms was recognized by Harley Barnhart in Mushroom the Journal as one of the best eight field guides for beginning mushroomers.  It provides Latin and common names and descriptions of 235 species found in the state, including 150 photographs of common and uncommon species.  There is a nontechnical key for identification, a calendar of fungal fruiting seasons, a list of 548 species that have been located in Kansas, and even a guide to the pronunciation of Latin names.
    Three members of the Kaw Valley Mycological Society collaborated on this book.  Bruce Horn is a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Georgia and the author of several scientific publications on fungi.  Richard Kay is a retired professor of history at the University of Kansas with a specialty in Dante, also author of A Checklist of Kansas Mushrooms, and a skilled amateur mycologist.  Dean Abel is an electron microscope technician in the Biology Department at the University of Iowa, and well known for his many years as chairman of the NAMA Photography Contest.
    This book is available through the University Press of Kansas, 2501 West 15th Street, Lawrence, KS 66049-3905.  Phone orders will be received at 785-864-4155 and Fax at 785-864-4586.  Orders must be prepaid and include postage and handling.  Personal checks, money orders, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.  The book is $29.95 for the cloth edition, $19.95 for the paperback.  Postage and handling are $3.00 for the first book, $.50 for each additional.  UPS charges are $3.50 for the first book, $.50 for each additional.  There is a 6.9% sales tax charge for delivery in Kansas.

A Checklist of Kansas Mushrooms
    This small inexpensive checklist is an annotated inventory of 727 species reported from Kansas.  Each mushroom is listed by its scientific Latin name.  Below this are synonyms, common English names, the witnesses reporting the finds, and which of the field guides (Arora, Huffman, Lincoff & Peterson) describe the mushroom.
    The Index of Latin Names containing 2,758 entries, all main entries by genus and species, and all synonyms by genus and species.  Also included is A Systematic List of Kansas Fungi which list all 727 Kansas species according to their place in the fungal kingdom.
    The checklist is especially helpful when Arora or some other national field guide leads you to think you have collected a rare or exotic specimen in Kansas; you can quickly discover whether the species has been reported here before.
    This checklist has been compiled by Richard Kay, one of the above authors.  It may be ordered directly from him at 601 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS 66044 for $8.50 postpaid.
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