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Book of the Month - Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World

Mon, 2014-01-06 16:54

About the book

People all over the world are becoming more sophisticated and demanding about what they eat and how it is prepared. Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World will appeal to inquisitive foodies, gardeners, botanists, and also students, particularly in food science and technology.

Jubilee waxcap

Thu, 2013-10-31 14:27

If you see bright red, orange and yellow mushrooms in unimproved turf, you are probably looking at waxcaps (Hygrocybe s.l.).

These attractive nitrogen-sensitive fungi are officially recognised as species of conservation concern across Europe and in Australia. However, in order to understand their distribution and ecology, and hence formulate management guidelines, a reliable and rigorous taxonomy is required.

The first official Red Data List for British fungi

Toad stool: Boletus immutatus is one of the fungi now on the official British Red List (Image: M. Ainsworth)
Thu, 2013-10-10 10:11

Red Data Lists provide a widely used format for publicising the relative extinction risk faced by various taxa. Although British fungal Red Data Lists were published in 1992 and 2006, neither of these achieved official approval by the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), thereby diminishing their effectiveness in conservation decision-making.