Fungi of Australia Volume 2B is an essential reference for taxonomists working on Australian fungi, and anyone who wishes to use up-to-date names of Australian fungi. Together with its companion volume, Fungi of Australia Volume 2A, it gathers all the names applied to Australian macrofungi and provides the up-to-date accepted name for each species, along with a comprehensive listing of relevant literature. Volume 2B covers the larger fungi in the Basidiomycota, along with the larger Myxomycota. Groups dealt with in this volume include bracket fungi, slime moulds, puffballs, earthballs, earthstars, stinkhorns, birds nest fungi, coral fungi, jelly fungi, polypores, and stereoid, corticioid and thelephoroid fungi.
Tom W. May is Senior Mycologist at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, where he carries out research into the taxonomy, ecology and conservation of Australian larger fungi. Tom is the Convenor of the Fungimap scheme, and was on the founding executive of the Australasian Mycological Society. Tom is author (with Dr Alec Wood) of the first volume of the Catalogue & Bibliography of Australian Fungi, published as Fungi of Australia Volume 2A. Josephine Milne has published on the reproductive biology and ecology of mosses. She has worked at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne on the Catalogue & Bibliography project since 1997. Susan Shingles was a Herbarium Officer at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne from 1988 to 1994, and worked on the Catalogue & Bibliography project from 1994 to 1995. Rodney Jones worked on the Catalogue & Bibliography project at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in 1998. Rodney is currently completing a PhD on the systematics of Australian Dermocybe, in the School of Botany, The University of Melbourne.