Dr. C. Leonard Fergus

My introduction to mycology came via BIOL 418 Mycology, a course I took in1974 at the Pennsylvania State University with Dr. C. Leonard Fergus. Dr. Fergus was a professor of mycology and plant pathology at PSU where he taught biology, botany, forest pathology, mycology and other courses. He was also curator of the mycological herbarium. My position at Messiah College brought me back into contact with Dr. Fergus when I consulted with him concerning several difficult to identify specimens of fungi collected by my students in the mycology course I teach. Leonard was always pleased to meet with me and I (and my students) benefited greatly from his expertise. Detecting my interest in wood decay fungi, Leonard gave me a number of reprints of his technical bulletins on the polypores of Pennsylvania. I also became aware of and obtained a copy of his out-of-print book, Illustrated Genera of Wood Decay Fungi, published in 1960 by Burgess Publishing Company. Sadly, Leonard is now deceased. When I expressed an interest in creating a web-based version of this book, I approached Leonard's son, Charles. Charles and his siblings graciously gave me permission to use and adapt material in Illustrated Genera of Wood Decay Fungi. Even though I modified them extensively, I found the general approach of the keys to the polypores and to the gilled mushrooms to be very helpful. Charles Fergus recently updated and republished one of his father's booklets dealing with mushrooms. It's called Common Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the Northeast. The book may be purchased through Stackpole Books. Finally, it is of interest to me that a course I took over 30 years ago would have such a lasting effect on me. I am pleased to dedicate this web site to Dr. C. Leonard Fergus.


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