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Guide to Recording Fungi

Guide to Recording Fungi

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British Mycological Society Recording Network
Guidance Notes
A revision of the
Guide to Recording Fungi
previously issued(1994) in the BMS
Guides for the Amateur Mycologist 
Richard Iliffe
June 2004 (updated August 2006)
© British Mycological Society 2006
 Table of contents
Collecting fungi 4Access to foray sites and the country code 5Spore prints 6Field books 7Index cards 7Computers 8Foray Record Sheets 9Literature for the identification of fungi 9Help with identification 9Drying specimens for a herbarium 10
Taxonomy and nomenclature
12Recent changes in plant taxonomy 12Recent changes in fungal taxonomy 13Orders of fungi 14Nomenclature 15Synonymy 16Morph 16The spore stages of rust fungi 17
A brief history of fungus recording
The BMS Fungal Records Database (BMSFRD)
20Field definitions 20Entering records in BMSFRD format 22Locality 22Associated organism, substrate and ecosystem 22Ecosystem descriptors 23Recommended terms for the substrate field 23Fungi on dung 24Examples of database field entries 24Doubtful identifications 25MycoRec 25Recording using other programs 25Manuscript or typescript records 26Sending records electronically 26Saving and back-up 27Viruses 28Making data available - Intellectual property rights 28
1 Other relevant publications 302 BMS foray record sheet 313 NCC ecosystem codes 324 Table of orders of fungi 345 Herbaria in UK and Europe 356 Help with identification 367 Useful contacts 398 List of Fungus Recording Groups 409 BMS Keys list of contents 4210 The BMS website 4311 Copyright licence form 4512
Guidelines for field mycologists: the practicalinterpretation of Section 21 of the Drugs Act 2005 46
In June 2000 the British Mycological Society Recording Network (BMSRN), as it is nowknown, held its Annual Group Leaders’ Meeting at Littledean, Gloucestershire. One of theoutcomes of the meeting was a decision to revise and bring up to date the
Guide to RecordingFungi
written by Jack Marriott in the series
Guides for the Amateur Mycologist 
. Lengthyconsultation followed and there was much debate about what should be included in the guide. Aglance at the index will indicate the wide coverage attempted – from tips on collecting andrecording fungi to advice on complex databases. Some readers will find sections of the text tobe statements of the obvious, whereas others may find the same text too advanced, or containingreferences to computer technology that may be difficult to understand. Others may be frustratedthat topics that could have been included have been left out. Hopefully, however, all will findsomething to interest them in this revision.Computer technology moves forward very quickly. The BMS Fungal Records Database(BMSFRD) can be expected to change over the next few years. It is thought that any re-print of the guide in booklet form would have a very limited shelf-life. A decision was therefore takento enter the text onto the BMS web pages as a guidance note on collecting and recording fungi.A limited number of copies will be printed and circulated to Local Recording Groups and copiescan also be made available to others at the cost of printing plus postage. The version on theBMS web pages will be brought up to date at intervals as necessary.This guidance note has been collated and edited by Richard Iliffe, with help from a numberof contributors. Some of Jack Marriott’s earlier text has been retained. Alan Braddock prepareda preliminary draft of the sections on computing. John Wheeley provided much of the chapteron BMSFRD, and Malcolm Storey advised on computer databases. Tom Hering helped to bringthe section on plant taxonomy into line with current thinking, and Paul Kirk did the same forfungal taxonomy. Derek Schafer contributed the wording on intellectual property rights.Helpful suggestions were received throughout from Ted Blackwell, Bert Brand and Jack Marriott and the draft was checked and approved by Paul Kirk and Shelley Evans. Final editingmay have led to changes to the text of earlier contributors and the Editor accepts responsibilityfor any minor errors that may have been introduced. The initial request for a review of the guidecame from Shelley Evans in her former role as BMS Recording Network co-ordinator, and thefinal document is circulated with the approval of the current co-ordinator of BMSRN, LizHolden
Richard Iliffe
April 2004

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