This reference analyzes the ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, and taxonomy of this diverse group of fungi for identification of common biological, biochemical, and genetic features and discovery of potential medical and agricultural applications. It traces and reconstruct the evolution of various host-endoparasite systems and studies recent taxonomic research and DNA sequence analyses on plant-infecting clavicipitaleans. Providing a holistic view of the entire clavicipitalean family, the book compares morphologic, geographic, and host variations among various clavicipitalean populations and examines key discoveries and compounds obtained in clavicipitalean studies.
[T]here is a fascinating study of evolution in the Epichlok endophytes of grassesa valuable treatment of secondary metabolitesthere is no doubt that this will be the key reference to all aspects of the clavicipitalean fungi for many years to come. -Mycological Research, Feb. 2004 "[T]his will now be the first place to go to identify these fungi!there is no doubt that this much needed reference work on these fungi will be valued by all struggling to identify them as well as utilize or understand their biologies." p-Mycotaxon, January-March 2004, Vol. 89
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