Toxicology of plants

Neil D. Hallam, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia.


Introduction

A peasant farmer in Russia wrote early this century of collecting mushrooms in the forests near his home "Although it cannot be compared to the more lively forms of hunting, there is an element of the unknown, of the accidental, there is success or failure and all these things arouse the hunting instincts in Man."

The excitement of the chase and the find can, especially within the mushroom and toadstool group, produce some fairly alarming results to those inexperienced in identifying the safe versus the dangerous toadstools.

 

Plant Protection Quarterly (1996) 11 (3) 90-93.