The Fungi

The Fungi

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The Fungi, Third Edition, offers a comprehensive and thoroughly integrated treatment of the biology of the fungi. This modern synthesis highlights the scientific foundations that continue to inform mycologists today, as well as recent breakthroughs and the formidable challenges in current research. The Fungi combines a wide scope with the depth of inquiry and clarity offered by three leading fungal biologists. The book describes the astonishing diversity of the fungi, their complex life cycles, and intriguing mechanisms of spore release. The distinctive cell biology of the fungi is linked to their development as well as their metabolism and physiology. One of the great advances in mycology in recent decades is the recognition of the vital importance of fungi in the natural environment. Plants are supported by mycorrhizal symbioses with fungi, are attacked by other fungi that cause plant diseases, and are the major decomposers of their dead tissues. Fungi also engage in supportive and harmful interactions with animals, including humans. They are major players in global nutrient cycles.

This book is written for undergraduates and graduate students, and will also be useful for professional biologists interested in familiarizing themselves with specific topics in fungal biology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 25.4mm | 670g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0123820340
  • 9780123820341
  • 439,449

Table of contents

Preface 1. Diversity 2. Cell biology and development 3. Spore production, discharge and dispersal 4. Genetics - variation, sexuality and evolution 5. Physiology and adaptation 6. Molecular ecology 7. Interactions with autotrophs - mutualisms 8. Interactions with autotrophs - pathogens 9. Interactions with humans and other animals 10. Interactions between fungi and other microbes 11. Global change 12. Biotechnology
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"... start using this in your courses if you are not already doing of the best tools around."
-David L. Hawksworth for Mycological Research (March 2003)
Praise for the first edition
"The text is beautifully written and an understanding and enthusiasm for this important group of organisms comes through on every page." - Trends in Microbiology
"... the book can be highly recommended for teachers and researchers."
- European Journal of Forest Pathology
"I will certainly use it in my teaching and am sure many others will do likewise."
- New Phytologist
"An enjoyable way to survey the subject of modern mycology. We are fortunate to have this excellent textbook." - Mycologia
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