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Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics

  • English-language and Spanish-language editions
  • Chapters organized according to the systematic classification of fungi
  • Boxes for topics of special interest
  • Up-to-date systematic concepts and taxonomic names
  • Images, drawings, and diagrams throughout to enhance the text
  • Tables concerning phytopathologically important fungi
  • Didactically elaborate life cycles of important species
  • Approximately 1 000 fungi and fungus-like organisms featured
  • Comprehensive reference sections for further reading
  • A detailed glossary
  • A comprehensive index

By: Meike Piepenbring(Author)

366 pages, 211 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations

American Phytopathological Society

Hardback | Jun 2015 | #223931 | ISBN-13: 9780890544594
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About this book

Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics is a key reference that provides critical information on all major groups of fungi found throughout the world's tropical regions. It provides solid theoretical knowledge of tropical mycology presented in a logical, easy-to-use format for academics, professionals, and enthusiasts.

Contrary to what the title suggests, Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics is not just for those studying mycology in the tropics. This comprehensive book applies to a wide range of disciplines, including phytopathology, medicine, naturalism, ecology, botany, zoology, chemistry, biotechnology, and food engineering. Mycologists and readers interested in related plant science disciplines will find basic knowledge on fungal diversity, enabling them to recognize fungal groups in the field, analyze cellular structures, and understand the ecological importance of fungi. Those in the food engineering, biotechnology, and medical science disciplines can learn about edible and poisonous mushrooms, as well as medicinal and clinically important fungi used for antibiotics and other active compounds.

Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics thoroughly covers Basidiomycota, Ascomycota, lichens, further groups of Fungi, Straminipila (Heterokonta), and slime molds. It offers details on their etymology, systematics, geographical distribution, ecology, morphology, life cycle, biochemical aspects, and importance for humans (positive and negative). In addition to these systematically organized chapters, special topics (e.g., fungi in symbiosis with social insects, mycorrhizae, ethnomycology, fungi pathogenic to humans) are presented in helpful call-out boxes.

This book's numerous color photographs offer stunning visual coverage of tropical fungi, their interactions with insects and other animals, and plant disease symptoms caused by fungi, helping readers to not only identify fungal groups, specific fungi, and fungus-like organisms but also interpret their interactions. Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics presents diagrams of significant fungal species' life cycles – some presented for the first time in a didactically suitable format, helping readers understand the dynamic – and sometimes highly complex – development of fungi over time. This globally appealing book is useful for students, teachers, and researchers of mycology, botany, and zoology; as well as those in related disciplines, like phytopathologists, physicians, naturalists, ecologists, chemists, and food technologists.

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1. Introduction to Mycology

2. Introduction to the Fungi and Fungus-Like Organisms
    Fungal Diseases of Cultivated Plants

3. Kingdom Fungi, the True Fungi

4. Basidiomycota
Introduction to the Basidiomycota, the Club Fungi
Agaricomycotina, Fungi with Basidia in Hymenia
   Introduction to the Agaricomycotina
   Agaricales, Mushrooms, Toadstools, and Other Macrofungi
      Fungi in Symbiosis with Social Insects
      The Rhizomorphs of Marasmius spp.
      Species of Agaricales Pathogenic on Plants Cultivated in the Tropics
   Russulales: Russulas, Milk Caps, and Other Fungi
   Polyporales, the Bracket Polypores
      Wood Decay
   Additional Orders of Basidiomycota with Holobasidia Located in Hymenia
      The Mycorrhizae of Orchids
   Gasteroid Fungi
   Auriculariales, the Jelly Ear Fungi
      Mycoheterotrophic Plants
   Dacrymycetales, Jelly Fungi with Tuning-Fork Basidia
   Tremellales, the Trembling Fungi
Ustilaginomycotina, the Smut Relationship
   Introduction to the Ustilaginomycotina
      Fungal Galls
   Ustilaginales, the Largest Group of True Smut Fungi
   Tilletiales, the Bunts
   Urocystidales, Smut Fungi with Teliospores in Balls
   Doassansiales, Parasites of Aquatic Plants
   Entylomatales, Causal Agents of Leaf Spots
   Exobasidiales, Fungi Parasitic on Plants Without Teliospores
   Malasseziales, Yeasts on Human Beings and Other Animals
Pucciniomycotina, Rusts and Related Fungi
   Introduction to the Pucciniomycotina
   Pucciniales, the Rust Fungi
      Parasitic Fungi on Rusts: The Hyperparasites
   Septobasidiales, Fungi “Farming” Scale Insects
   Some Small Groups Related to Pucciniales
   Microbotryales, Ustilaginoid Parasites of Plants
   Sporidiobolales, the Mirror Yeasts
Entorrhizales, Subterranean Ustilaginoid Fungi
Wallemiales, Basidiomycetous Molds

5. Ascomycota
Introduction to the Ascomycota, the Sac Fungi
The Asexual Stages of Ascomycota and Basidiomycota
   Introduction to Asexual Stages of Ascomycota and Basidiomycota
   “Hyphomycetes”, Asexual Fungi with Exposed Conidia
   “Coelomycetes”, Asexual Fungi with Enclosed Conidia
      How Can Lesions on Leaves Caused by Fungi be Distinguished from Those Caused by Algae, Insects, or Other Agents?
   Introduction to the Pezizomycotina
   Pezizales, Cup Fungi with Operculate Asci
      Coprophilous Fungi
   Orbiliales, Small Cup Fungi with Minute Ascospores
   Helotiales, Cup Fungi with Inoperculate Asci
      Mycorrhizae of Ericaceae
   Cyttariales, Parasitic Fungi on Nothofagus spp.
   Rhytismatales, Causal Agents of Tar Spot Diseases
   Erysiphales, Causal Agents of Powdery Mildews
   Eurotiomycetes or “Plectomycetes”, Ascomycota with Globose Ascomata
   Eurotiales, the Order of Aspergillus and Penicillium
   Onygenales, Keratinophilic Fungi
      Fungi as Causal Agents of Diseases of Human Beings
   Additional Groups of Eurotiomycetes
   Sordariomycetes, Fungi with Perithecia or “Pyrenomycetes”
   Sordariales, Microfungi with Perithecia
      Endophytic Fungi
      Chains of Trophic Relations: Fungi Parasitic on Insects Parasitic on Plants
   Xylariales, Dead Man’s Fingers and Related Fungi
   Meliolales, Causal Agents of Black Mildew
   Phyllachorales, Causal Agents of Tropical Tar Spot Diseases
   Diaporthales, Glomerellales, and Magnaporthaceae – Additional Groups of Sordariomycetes
   Dothideomycetes, Ascomycetes with Bitunicate Asci
   Capnodiales, the Sooty Mold Fungi
   Mycosphaerellaceae (Capnodiales)
   Asterinaceae, Micropeltidaceae, and Microthyriales, Fungi with Thyriothecia
   Additional Groups of Dothideomycetes
   Introduction to the Saccharomycotina
   Saccharomycetales, the True Yeasts
   Introduction to the Taphrinomycotina
   Taphrinales, Leaf Curl and Other Plant Parasitic Fungi
   Schizosaccharomycetales, the Fission Yeasts
   Pneumocystidales, Fungal Agents of Pneumonia

6. Lichens, Fungi Living with Photobionts
Introduction to the Lichens

7. Other Groups of True Fungi (Fungi)
Introduction to Other Groups of Fungi
    Arbuscular Mycorrhizae
“Zygomycota”, the Yoke Fungi
   Introduction to the “Zygomycota”
   “Trichomycetes”, Gut Fungi of Arthropods
Chytridiomycota, the Chytrids
   Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the Causal Agent of Frog Deaths
Additional Groups of True Fungi (Fungi)

8. Straminipila (Heterokonta) – Fungus-Like Organisms
Introduction to the Straminipila
   Introduction to the Oomycota
   Saprolegniales, the Water Molds
   Albuginales, Causal Agents of White Rust
   Peronosporales, Causal Agents of Downy Mildew
Hyphochytriomycota, the Hyphochytrids
Labyrinthulea, the Slime Nets

9. Slime Molds – Fungus-Like Organisms
Introduction to the Slime Molds
Myxogastria and Other Fungus-Like Organisms in Amoebozoa
   Protostelid Amoebae (“Protostelia”)
   Myxogastria (mycol. Myxomycetes), the True Slime Molds
   Dictyostelia, the Social Amoebae or Cellular Slime Molds
Acrasiales, Cellular Slime Molds in the Heterolobosea
Plasmodiophorales, Obligate Parasites Classified in Phytomyxea

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The book’s author, Dr. Meike Piepenbring, is an internationally recognized expert in tropical mycology. She is currently a professor of mycology at the University of Frankfurt and has been teaching the subject since 1997. She has written or contributed to more than 100 publications in international journals and has authored or helped author several other books.

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