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APPENDIX 6

Help with identification

This is the current list of individuals who have agreed to offer help with identification. Some of the people on the list have emphasised that they do NOT regard themselves as definitive experts and all they can do is to act as a ‘filter’, identifying the more common species but passing on to specialists any critical or difficult species. All are busy people so please do try hard to identify material yourself before sending it to them. The important points to remember are:

Send fresh material (unless noted to the contrary below). Describe the material fully (noting particularly smell, colour, texture - anything that is likely to change after collecting or drying). Ideally make a sketch or take a photograph of the fresh material and, if you possibly can, describe and draw microscopic characters (spores, cystidia etc.).

State the site where found, habitat and substrate for the specimen and also the books or keys used when trying (but failing) to identify it.

Phone, write or e-mail the relevant ‘helper’ from the list, to check that they are available and also whether they would prefer to receive material fresh or dried. Delicate specimens fare badly in the post, and boxes of rotting fungi on the door mat are a poor welcome home for someone who has been away for several weeks!

Pack the material carefully. Rigid cardboard boxes are usually best and fresh material should be wrapped in greaseproof paper or aluminium kitchen foil (not a polythene bag). Small specimens can be sent in the plastic containers used for photographic film and a small amount of moss may be helpful as packing material and to prevent drying out. Dried material can be sent in a sealed envelope but usually needs a surrounding box or padded envelope to avoid it being shattered. Use first class post.

Enclose with the specimens your description, site where found, etc. (as mentioned above) and also, if you want a written reply, a self-addressed stamped envelope. Send your e-mail address for a reply, if you have it; it is cheaper and faster.

List of volunteer helpers and the group or genus for which they can provide help:

Aphyllophorales (especially corticioids - if spores present!) ....... Alick Henrici Ascomycetes (general) ................................................................. Ted Blackwell Boletes .......................................................................................... Alan Hills or Geoffrey Kibby Cyphelloids ................................................................................... Alick Henrici Discomycetes ............................................................................... John Wheeley Geoglossaceae .............................................................................. Alan Silverside or Brian Spooner Heterobasidiomycetes ................................................................... Peter Roberts Hyphomycetes on plants and powdery mildews (Erysiphales)................................................................... David Farley Lichens ......................................................................................... Anthony Fletcher Myxomycetes, Erysiphales, Exobasidium, Taphrina, .................. Bruce Ing 1

1 Rusts, smuts & downy mildews ................................................... Tom Preece Spine fungi (Hericium and stipitate hydnums) ............................ Gordon Dickson Agaricus ....................................................................................... Patrick Andrews or Geoffrey Kibby Coprinus ....................................................................................... Derek Schafer3 2

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