Richard C. Summerbell, Ph.D., works at the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (new English name: CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre) in Utrecht, the Netherlands (which is not connected with this personal Website) and has over 100 mycological publications. Part of the material on this website consists of summaries prepared for National Laboratory Training Network workshops: see links 1 to 3 below.

The other part consists of recently updated versions of material originally contributed to a Health Canada document called "Fungal contamination in public buildings: a guide to recognition and management." The full document in published form (1995) is available in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format from the website of the Environmental Health Directorate, Health Canada. See steps 4 and 5 below:table

Further Information And More Visuals

If you're interested in 1) identifying filamentous fungi in the clinical laboratory or 2) dermatophytes and molds causing skin, hair and nail infection, there are three related books in print you might like. The two English-language books can be ordered online from Hardy Diagnostics . All three can be ordered from: Star Publishing Co.

940 Emmett Avenue, Belmont CA 94002 USA Fax (650)-591-3505

1. Kane, J., R.C. Summerbell, L. Sigler, S. Krajden, and G. Land. 1997. Laboratory handbook of dermatophytes. A clinical guide and laboratory manual of dermatophytes and other filamentous fungi from skin, hair and nails. Star Publishing, Belmont, CA.

Six years in the making, this book attempts to give a definitive summary of dermatophyte diseases, laboratory detection and identification. Many colour photos and extensive descriptions are given not just for typical "textbook" dermatophytes, but also for all those common atypical variants that are seen in the real world. The book also contains the first-ever authoritative synopsis of all the non-dermatophyte molds implicated in onychomycosis and contains protocols for analysing their significance when grown out from individual nail specimens. In addition, it includes the first-ever comprehensive guide to dermatophyte-mimicking Chrysosporium species from clinical specimens.

2. St.-Germain, G. and R.C. Summerbell. 1996. Identifying filamentous fungi. A clinical laboratory handbook. Star Publishers, Belmont, CA. 314 pp. Full of colour photos, also has descriptions, line drawings, pictorial and technical keys, techniques, medium recipes and a glossary.

3. St.-Germain, G. and R.C. Summerbell. 1996. Champignons filamenteux d'interet medical. Star Publishers, Belmont, CA. (The original French version of the book listed above). A unique glossary of French mycological terms relevant to species seen in the clinical laboratory is included.


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