Volume 49, Issue 5 (September 2004)
Sir: In his commentary (1) concerning our technical note Taphonomic Mycota: Fungi with Forensic Potential (2), Britt Bunyard makes several comments some of which contribute towards the development of the taphonomic mycota as a forensic tool. While apparently intrigued by the article, Bunyard seems to find fault in several areas. We feel many of his comments need to be refuted or placed into a proper perspective. In other areas, he makes a useful contribution and these need to be recognized. We have tried to distil the salient points made by Bunyard (1) and we have then addressed each one. We have also developed a short scenario outlining how the concept might be practically used and tried to clarify the intent of the article in order to develop the forensic potential of the taphonomic mycota.