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Recording Fungal Diversity in Republican China: Deng Shuqun's Research in the 1930s (2019)


Local efforts to record fungal species in China were first motivated by the search for agricultural plant pathogens in the 1910s. Regional surveys of fungal diversity emerged in the early 1920s and led to the development of taxonomic mycology in the 1930s. Deng Shuqun (Teng Shu-ch’ün) (1902–1970), who studied at Cornell University from 1923 into 1928, contributed significantly. His papers published in the 1930s reported on more than 2,500 Chinese fungal species and varieties, while a mycological monograph published in 1939 portrayed more than 1,400 taxa. These publications, all written in English, helped to make China's fungal diversity known to the global scientific community. The circulation and distribution of Deng's publications and collections of fungi reflected the inter-war international network within which scientific specimens and information were being shared.

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Authors & Contributors
Di, Lu
Lee, Seung-Joon
Cobcroft, Wendy
Egli, Rebecca
Brad Bolman
Fullilove, Courtney
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Zhongguo Keji Shiliao (China Historical Materials of Science and Technology)
Twentieth-Century China
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
University of Chicago Press
Springer Nature
University of California, Davis
Florida International University
Stanford University Press
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Biological diversity; biodiversity
Knowledge circulation
Globalization; internationalization
Hesse, Edgar
Saccardo, Pier Andrea
Howard, Albert, Sir
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
4th century
5th century
Tang dynasty (China, 618-907)
United States
Guangzhou (China)
Republic of China (1912-1949)
London (England)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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