What Is A Population

A population is a collection of actually or potentially interbreeding individuals of the same species living in a given geographic area. From this follows a need to define the individual and the outer boundaries of the population both in terms of

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geographic distribution and the potential for interbreeding. The following text will address some particular issues related to the concept of the fungal individual, discuss how mycologists have interpreted the population boundaries and give some examples from the biology of basidiomycete wood decomposers.

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