Observations of fungi and their associated organisms

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Welcome to the home page for Cybertruffle's Robigalia. This website provides open access to information about when and where fungi occur. There are several other such websites, such as Fungal Databases of the Laboratory for Systematic Botany and Mycology [USDA], and the NZFUNGI - New Zealand Fungi (and Bacteria) [Landcare], but those, in general, concentrate on fungi in developed countries, and supply information almost exclusively in English. The present website, in contrast, has no emphasis on developed countries, and presents information in a wide range of languages [to change languages, click on the Cybertruffle "smiling truffle pig" logo below the menu on the left].

Information on this website stems from several hundred thousand records stored in a computerized database. These records have been accumulated over many years, from a wide range of sources, and collectively the database represents a large collaborative venture by scientists in many countries (information about how to collaborate). A proportion of the records were digitized through a range of projects funded by the UK Darwin Initiative. These were Fungi of Ukraine (1994-1996), Fungi of the Caribbean (1997-2000), Biodiversity Information in the Former Soviet Union - the millennium opportunity (1999-2002), Biodiversity Conservation in Cuba (2001-2004) and Recovering Ukraine's Lost Steppe (2002-2005). A sixth UK Darwin Initiative project, Conservation of Microfungi - a voice for unprotected and vulnerable organisms, scheduled to run from 2007-2010, is currently enabling this accumulated information to be made freely available on the internet.

Cybertruffle databases. Cybertruffle's Robigalia is one of a family of databases all on the same server, each fulfilling a different complementary function. The others are: Cybernome (a nomenclatural and taxonomic database for fungi and their associated organisms, providing direct onward links to global standard nomenclatural databases); Cyberliber (a digital library for mycology, providing scanned images of pages of mycological literature); Cybertruffle's Fungal Valhalla (a website providing information about now dead mycologists). These databases interconnect, making a package which aims to be fast, informative and easy to use.

Citing this website. If this website has been useful to you as a source of information during research for a publication or report, please cite it in either the acknowledgements or the references section of your work. The suggested format for citing this website is: Cybertruffle's Robigalia, Observations of Fungi and their Associated Organisms. [, website accessed: <insert current date here>].

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