Postby Roy Miller » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:07 pm

Would be interested to know what members opinions are on the works listed below, with if possible, a comparison between the 2 works.

- Fungi Europaei, Volume 10: Polyporaceae.
- European Polypores Part 1. Synopsis Fungorum Volume 6 along with European Polypores Part 2. Synopsis Fungorum Volume 7

Thanks in advance
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Re: Polypores

Postby Neil » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:34 pm

'Fraid I can't help you Roy, I use Parts 1 & 2 European Polypores by Ryvarden & Gilbertson.
Both books lack drawings or photos of the fruitbody but are excellent for microscopic detail and other info.

Neil Mahler.

Re: Polypores

Postby Leif Goodwin » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:50 am

I own and use Fungi Europaei volume 10 Polyporaceae. It is a fairly large hard bound book of just over 800 pages. Species are ordered alphabetically, with descriptions first, and then at the end a large number of colour photos, often several for each species. The descriptions are in Italian, followed by a summary in English, although the summary misses out some information given in Italian. Each description usually includes a sketch of the basidia, cystidia, spores and other structures. There are some keys. It is an impressive work, and I recommend it even if like me you have almost no knowledge of the Italian language. I have no knowledge of the other books that you mention.
Fungi and Nature Photography: http://www.leifgoodwin.co.uk/Fungi/Fungi.html
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Re: Polypores

Postby Andreas Gminder » Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:07 am


I have (and sell) both books.
The "Synopsis fungorum ..." volumes are the "European Polypores" vol. 1+2 by RYVARDEN & GILBERTSON, that Neil mentioned. It is a monograph by the may be best expert for Polypores and has good micro-scetches, but no fotos. Texts are in english. Price is 78 Euro.
The book of BERNICCHIA is newer, has more detailed descriptions and has a lot of colour fotos - but not very good micro scetches. Texts are in italian, keys and summary also in english. Price is 67 Euro.

I would say that both books are necessary for those who want to treat the polypores more intensive. If I must make a decision, I would take the book of BERNICCHIA, because it is more then ten years newer, has many colour fotos and is 10 Euro cheaper ....

best regards,
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