Canadian Forest Service Publications

Two web-accessible fungus databases and their relationship to a preliminary list of rare macrofungi for British Columbia. 2000. Callan, B.E. Pages 109-112 (Vol. 1) in L.M. Darling, Editor. Proceedings of a Conference on the Biology and Management of Species and Habitats at Risk, February 15-19, 1999, University College of the Cariboo, Kamloops, BC. BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Victoria, BC, copublished by University College of the Cariboo. 490 p.

Year: 2000

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 18022

Language: English

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Two databases documenting in detail the vast fungal biodiversity in British Columbia are now accessible on the Internet at The British Columbia Host-Fungus Index Database was compiled from 60 years of Canadian Forest Service disease identification data, and published literature records. It was designed to reliably document fungi occurring on native plants and other forest substrates in British Columbia, with the exception of agricultural crops and introduced ornamental plants. The Host-Fungus Index holds records of 3481 fungus species on 1710 different plant hosts and other substrates. More than 4690 of these records are verified by herbarium specimens curated at the Pacific Forestry Centre. Records of >20,000 herbarium specimens are housed in a separate Herbarium Database accessible at the same Web site. The Herbarium Database records can be sorted and mapped by region, date, species, collector, and various other categories. The 2 databases were used to augment and verify a very preliminary list of potentially rare macrofungi (large fleshy or woody fungi) in British Columbia. Mycologists are invited to submit additional records in order to either confirm or dispel the beliefs that these fungi are truly rare and not just undercollected. Logistical challenges surround the creation of lists of rare fungi. Field identification may not be feasible. Specimens often have to be cultured, or verified by distant experts. Fleshy fungi soon lose colour, shape and other features, so detailed field notes must be made from fresh specimens. Contributions from amateur mycological societies enrich our databases, provided that new records are properly documented.