Fungi in vegetation science

  • W. Winterhoff

Part of the Handbook of vegetation science book series (HAVS, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. W. Winterhoff
    Pages 1-5
  3. Anna Bujakiewicz
    Pages 49-78
  4. Gerhard Kost
    Pages 79-111
  5. Eef Arnolds
    Pages 113-149
  6. Maria Lisiewska
    Pages 151-182
  7. Gerald Hirsch, Uwe Braun
    Pages 225-250
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 251-258

About this book


Readers will perhaps be surprised to find a volume about fungi within a handbook of vegetation science. Although fungi traditionally feature in textbooks on botany, at least since Whittaker (1969), they have mostly been categorised as an independent kingdom of organisms or, in contrast to the animal and plant kingdom, as probionta together with algae and protozoa. More relevant for ecology than the systematic separation of fungi from plants is the different lifestyle of fungi which, in contrast to most plants, live as parasites, saprophytes or in symbiosis. Theoretical factors aside, there are also practical methodological considerations which favour the distinction between fungal and plant communities, as has been shown for example by Dörfelt (1974).
Despite their special position the coenology of fungi has been dealt with in the handbook of vegetation science. It would be wrong to conclude that we underestimate the important differences between fungal and plant communities. The reasons for including the former are that mycocoenology developed from phytocoenology, the similarity of the methods and concepts still employed today and the close correlation between fungi and plants in biocoenoses.


Vegetation algae biocoenosis botanics fungi plant plants soil

Editors and affiliations

  • W. Winterhoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Pädagogische Hochschule HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5065-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2414-0
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