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Identification keys and guides to plants

Identification keys and guides to fungi

New Zealand has one of the world's most comprehensive electronic databases of information on its fungi. In contrast, few field-guides have been published on the fungi of New Zealand.

The databases include some field-guide like information and modern colour photographs, however much of the information is highly technical, and to access the information about a fungus requires the user to know its scientific name.

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, with funding support from TFBIS, have developed two web sites, the Fungal Guide and the Virtual Mycota, which allow access to information in the databases through simple pictorial keys, and an interactive key to the mushroom genera Russula and Lactarius.