Traditional Discomycete Taxonomy: Should We also Shift to a Second Gear?

  • S. Huhtinen
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 269)


Nine points, concerning the study of inoperculate discomycetes, are presented. The ideology, on which present day taxonomic work is based, is shown to have major deficiencies. We gather and distribute only part of the valuable information content of fungi. The imbalance between the effort needed before the specimens are available for study and the short time spent at the microscope, is often prominent. Much of the information extracted never reaches the scientific community. Along with the traditional documentation in hard copy, we need a system to gather and distribute basic data of studied populations. Also, vital taxonomy and cultural studies are too easy and too informative to be neglected, as is frequently done, if we are to work efficiently. Documentation of ascal development, and of the mountants used, are recommended as standard procedures.


Jigsaw Puzzle Cotton Blue Conventional Light Microscope Camera Lucida Drawing Simple Septum 
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  • S. Huhtinen
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  1. 1.HerbariumUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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