A Study of Cultural Bias in Field Guide Determinations of Mushroom Edibility Using the Iconic Mushroom, Amanita muscaria, as an Example

@article{Rubel2008ASO,
  title={A Study of Cultural Bias in Field Guide Determinations of Mushroom Edibility Using the Iconic Mushroom, Amanita muscaria, as an Example},
  author={William Ilan Rubel and David Arora},
  journal={Economic Botany},
  year={2008},
  volume={62},
  pages={223-243}
}
A Study of Cultural Bias in Field Guide Determinations of Mushroom Edibility Using the Iconic Mushroom,Amanita muscaria, as an Example. Mushroom field guides teach identification skills as well as provide information on the edible or toxic qualities of each species of wild mushroom. As such they function as modern-day village elders for an increasingly urban, nature-ignorant population. This paper identifies underlying cultural bias in the determination of mushroom edibility in English-language… Expand

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