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Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo vol.38 no.4 São Paulo July/Aug. 1996
BOOK REVIEW LIVROS*
HAWKSWORTH, D.L.; KIRK, P.M.; SUTTON, B.C. & PEGLER, D.N. - Ainsworth & Bisby's dictionary of the fungi. 8.ed. Oxon, UK, CAB International, 1995. 650p. illust.
ISBN: 0 85198 885 7. Price: £ 30.00 (US$ 49.95 Americas only)
With the collaboration of several colleagues at the International Mycological Institute, founded in 1920 and considered to be one of the most important Centers of Mycological Research in the world, D.L. Hawksworth, P.M. Kirk, B.C. Sutton and D.N. Pegler have just published the 8th edition (1995) of a classical work, i.e.,The Dictionary of Fungi of Ainsworth & Bisby, dedicated to Geoffrey C. Ainsworth on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. This dictionary has been devoted to microscopic fungi in general and to mushrooms, yeasts and water molds for 52 years. This edition is the first to accept the distribution of fungi into three kingdoms of eukaryotic cells: Chromista, Fungi and Protozoa. This edition has also abandoned the Deuteromycetes, which are now denoted mitosporic fungi. Each entry is listed in alphabetical order and described in detail. Keys for the families in the Fungi Kingdom follow. This dictionary does not need any praise since it is a classical book in the area of Mycology. Collaborators from all over the world, distinguished Latinists, specialists in fossil fungi, soil fungi and seed fungi, in phenomena of biotransformation and physiology and nutrition of fungi, in mycotoxins, in the conservation of these agents, and in medical and veterinary Mycology have collaborated to this edition, an indispensable guide for all researchers who work in the fascinating area of Mycology.
Prof. Carlos da Silva Lacaz
Chefe do Laboratório de Micologia Médica do Instituto de
Medicina Tropical de São Paulo.
Oxon OX10 8DE
Tel: +44(0)1491 832111
Fax: +44(0)1491 833508
* This book is available at the Library of the Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo.