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Presents a critical comparative review of the morphology and ultrastructure, morphogenesis, cytology, molecular biology and evolution of the biflagellate fungi. These organisms encompass the fungi formerly called oomycetes; taxonomically related heterotrophs studied by mycologists; plasmodiophorids and other heterotrophs. Appropriate comparisons are made with chromophyte algae, marine heterotrophs and chytridiaceous fungi. Little-known taxa which have been referred to the various orders of flagellate fungi are also listed together with citations. A new hierarchical classification is presented which is supported by systematic accounts and synoptic keys. Dichotomous keys based on habitat and habit are given to all known species of lagenidiaceous fungi, labyrinthulids and plasmodiophorids.
'All major mycological and plant pathological libraries should endeavour to secure a copy while stocks last.' MYCOTAXON, April-June (2002) 'This epic treatise should be in every library with a microbiology collection.' Mycological Research, 106 (October 2002) 'This critical and thoroughly written book summarizes the life's work of a well-known specialist. It will be an indispensable compendium for everyone interested in the diversity of flagellated fungus-like organisms.' Journal of Phytopathology, 150:11-12 (2002) '... well-written and surprisingly easy to read. [...] Straminipilous Fungi is destined to become a classic reference in the mycological literature. Every library dealing with fungal and protoctistan literature should own a copy of this book.' Mycopathologia, 156 (2003)
Introduction. Part I: Criteria for Diagnoses of Flagellate Fungi. The Zoospore. Zoosporogenesis and Zoospore Cyst Germination. Sexual Reproduction. Nuclear Cytology: Mitosis and Meiosis. The Assimilative Thallus. Biochemistry. Molecular Biology. Coevolution. Part II: Classifications. The Classification of the Straminipilous Fungi Within the Eukaryote Kingdoms. The Classes Peronosporomycetes and Plasmodiophoromycetes. Part III: Myceliar Peronosporomycetes: Downy Mildews and Water Moulds. Introduction. The Peronosporales: The Downy Mildews. The Pythiales. The Saprolegniales. The Sclerosporales. Part IV: The Lagenidiaceous Fungi and Similar Organisms. Introduction. Myzocytium sensu lato and Lagenidium sensu lato. The Nematophagous `Lagenidiaceous' Fungi. Olpidiopsis and Pleocystidium. Sirolpidium, Pontisma, Petersenia, Eurychasma and Eurychasmidium. The Leptolegniellaceae. The Hyphochytriales and Anisolpidiales. Lagenisma. Lagena and the Lagenaceae. The Rozellopsidales. Pleotrachelus. The Labyrinthista (Labyrinthulomycetes). The Plasmodiophoromycetes. Miscellaneous Genera. Part V: Systematics. Systematics: Introduction. The Straminipila. Organisms now Excluded from the Kingdom Straminipila: Kingdoms Animalia and Protoctista. Taxonomy of Uniflagellate Fungi of Relevance to this Work. Part V: Keys. Synoptic (Non-Dichotomous) Key to the Classes, Orders and Families of Straminipilous and Other Heterotrophs. Keys to Genera and Species. Appendices and Glossary. References and Bibliography. Indexes.
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