Identification programme for poisonous and hallucinogenic mushrooms of interest to forensic science
An efficient differential diagnosis of mushroom poisoning is essential for a successful treatment of this type of intoxications. An integrated multidisciplinary approach to the identification of poisonous and hallucinogenic mushrooms by a completely interractive, - on-line - identification programme is proposed. Twenty four characters showing 127 possible states have been chosen to define each taxon included in the data bank. These characters, microscopical, ecological, medical and chemical are described and discussed. Essential information is retrieved with each taxon identified-, as well as a complete up to date bibliographic record. 223 poisonous or suspect species of mushrooms are. included in the data bank which contains a total of over 30,000 data. A reference collection of 223 5cottish species of suspect mushrooms has been built and used to check, complement or expand the microscopical, ecological and chemical data.