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World's Top Authority on Smut Fungi Produces New Book for APS PRESS

Source: The American Phytopathological Society Press Release.

St. Paul, Minnesota (December 15, 2013)--Dr. Kálmán Vánky, a physician and botanist with more than 60 years of research and experience in the field of smut fungi, has produced his latest work: Illustrated Genera of Smut Fungi, 3rd Edition.


Dr. Vánky uses molecular phylogenetic analyses and extensive collecting activity to bring readers a better and expanded classification of smut fungi. In this third edition, 104 recognized genera of smut fungi are identified, described and illustrated, compared to the second edition, in which 77 genera are identified.

Identification is made easier in this edition through 116 illustrations, amended descriptions, and a new key to the smut fungus genera, one based on host plant families. And with the coverage of the recently published Smut Fungi of the World, Dr. Vánky’s complementary book on this important topic, the nearly 1,700 known species of smut fungi can be identified.

Illustrated Genera helps readers recognize and identify smut fungi and also discusses problems with smut fungi classification. Dr. Vánky, presents highly scientific genus classifications in an easily understandable form, which will stimulate research further.

It is an essential tool for all interested in mycology, phytopathology, taxonomy, and botany—from students and amateurs to teachers, researchers, and government scientists. The book is ideal for university libraries, diagnostic labs, and personal mycology collections.

Kálmán Vánky’s 60 years of research and experience in the field of smut fungi has resulted in the description of more than 400 new species, 46 new genera, and 12 new families published in more than 225 papers and several books.

To order this book go to or call toll-free 1.800.328.7560 USA/Canada or +1.651.454.7250 elsewhere.

Book specifications and data

©2013; 8.5" x 11" spiral bound; 288 pages; 116 black and white illustrations; 3 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-428-0

This book is published by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and may be purchased for $139 plus S&H from APS PRESS.

Review copies of Illustrated Genera of Smut Fungi, 3rd Edition are available. If you are interested in reviewing this book in your publication and can forward a copy of the published review within six months of receiving the book, please send your request with details of your publication to Karen Ek.

NOTE: Digital artwork of the book’s cover is available by contacting Karen Ek using the contact information provided. Please specify if the artwork will be used for print or electronic media.

Karen Ek