In recent years, some dissatisfaction has been expressed concerning the commonly used classification of the Fungi Imperfecti. The discontent with the present system has arisen from the fact that the characteristics used to delimit taxa (i.e. spore color and septation, arrangement of the conidiophores, etc.) often results in the separation of morphologically similar genera, while at the same time placing together what seem to be unrelated genera. The present system was proposed by Saccardo when the major interest in the Fungi Imperfecti was in their role as plant pathogens. Now these fungi are being studied more intensively than ever before, not only as plant pathogens, but also with reference to the other roles which they play in nature. Members of the imperfect fungi have been found to be among the most common of the soil fungi; they have been found to play a major role in the decomposition of military equipment; they have long been known to play an important role in food spoilage; recently, the biochemical activities of many of these fungi have been recognized as having industrial value.
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Goos, Roger D.
"Classification of the Fungi lmperfecti,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science: Vol. 63:
, Article 28.
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