Professors R. Michael Davis and Robert Sommer will be at The Avid Reader in downtown Davis at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, to discuss their new “Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America.” The bookstore is at 617 Second St.
California and the Western states are rich in abundant and diverse species of mushrooms. Amateur mushroom collectors and mycologists alike will find more than 300 species of the region’s most common, distinctive and ecologically important mushrooms profiled in this comprehensive field guide. It provides the most up-to-date science on the role of fungi in the natural world, methods to identify species, and locations of mushroom habitats.
With color illustrations showing top and side views of mushrooms of the Western states and a user-friendly text, the “Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Western North America” is informative but still light enough to be carried into the woods. When used to identify mushrooms, keys bring the reader to individual species, with a descriptive text providing cues for identifying additional species.
Mushrooms common in urban landscapes are included, which is especially useful for the casual encounter with backyard fungi. The guide also provides a table of both old and new species names, and information on edibility and look-alikes, both dangerous and benign.
A section on mushroom arts and crafts features mushroom photography, painting, philately, spore prints, dyes and cultivation. The guide also offers a comprehensive list of resources including national field guides, general mushroom books and periodicals, club and society contact information, and web sites.
Davis is professor of plant pathology at UC Davis and Sommer is a distinguished professor of psychology emeritus at UCD and the author of “Personal Space and Tight Spaces,” among other books.
For more information, call The Avid Reader at 530-758-4040 or visit www.avidreaderbooks.com.