This is just a message to hopefully promote the new book “White Moulds, Ramularia and Phacellium Anamorphs, in Wales and Britain: a Guide and Welsh Census Catalogue” which has now been printed. This is the 5th volume in the series covering phytoparasitic microfungi by the Welsh Microfungi Group. This group of fungal pathogens are very common, yet very under-recorded. Using the book it should be possible to identify most species found and hopefully generate lots of new records.
There is no similar book available and most specialist books are very expensive as we all know. Thanks to generous help from the BSPP and BMS we are able to sell the books at a very affordable price, thus, at £6.50 plus p&p it’s an absolute bargain!
The “White Moulds, Ramularia and Phacellium Anamorphs in Wales and Britain” is the latest in an award-winning series of books on phytoparasitic fungi written by the Welsh Microfungi Group. This volume covers the White Moulds which are a comparatively neglected group compared to the Rusts, Smuts, Downy and Powdery Mildews. However, they are very common and can be conspicuous, infecting a wide range of plants and a few species are economically important as agricultural and horticultural pathogens. There are around 350 species worldwide, including about 108 recorded for Britain and Ireland, of which 81 have so far been found in Wales. Most are surprisingly easy to identify.
The book aims to raise the profile of the White Moulds and provides an identification guide to the species found in Wales and in Britain. It includes an Introduction to the group, with sections on Finding; Collecting and Preservation; Identification; Conservation and Habitat Preferences. These are followed by detailed Species Accounts which form the main part of the book. There is a Census Catalogue of species recorded in Wales and useful Tables of all the species recorded in Britain and Ireland sorted by fungus and by host.