Why Wood Decay Fungi?

Why develop a set of keys limited to fungi utilizing wood as a substrate?

First of all, wood decay fungi are important and, therefore, identification keys to these fungi are useful. Some of the reasons why wood decay fungi are important:

Secondly, limiting the keys to fungi growing on wood simplifies the identification process. By excluding from the keys mycorrhizal and other terrestrial species, leaf litter fungi, and any other fungi not growing on wood, there are far fewer species for the user of the keys to sort through.

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