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The Fungi

Describes the diversity of the fungi, their life cycles, and mechanisms of spore release
Highlights the study of fungal genetics and draws upon a wealth of information derived from molecular biological research
Explains the cellular and molecular interactions that underlie the key roles of fungi in plant diversity and productivity
Elucidates the interactions of fungi with other microbes and animals
Highlights fungi in a changing world
Details the expanding uses of fungi in biotechnology

By: Sarah C Watkinson (Author), Lynne Boddy (Author), Nicholas P Money (Author)

474 pages, 25 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

Academic Press

Paperback | Dec 2015 | Edition: 3 | #227639 | ISBN-13: 9780123820341
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Paperback | Dec 2000 | Edition: 2 | #115925 | ISBN: 0127384464
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About this book

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 Fungi 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.

The Fungi 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.

Reviews of the previous editions:

"[...] start using this in your course if you are not already doing so-it is one of the best tools around [...]"
– The Brittish Mycology Society (July 2003)

"The style of The Fungi shows that the authors are all experienced teachers, with skills of how to present material in a readable and attractive way [...] In summary, start using this in your courses if you are not already doing so – it is one of the best two tools around at this time"
– David L. Hawksworth for Mycological Research (March 2003)

"[...] superior to some of the competitors published in recent years. It certainly deserves consideration by instructors teaching any undergraduate course concerned with the biological activities of fungi."
– Nicholas P. Money for ASM News (2002)

"[...] fills a gap between many textbooks of microbiology, biochemistry, genetics and ecology through covering topics specific to mycology that they often omit."
– Meriel Jones for Microbiology Today (May 2002)

"[...] an enjoyable way to survey the subject of modern mycology. We are fortunate to have this excellent textbook."
– Mycologia

"The text is beautifully written and an understanding and enthusiasm for this important group of organisms comes through on every page."
– Trends In Microbiology

" [...] a most readable and recommendable source of information for beginners, advanced students and professionals in mycology."
Zeit für Pflanzenkrankheiten und Pflanzenschultz

"The coverage is extensive and informative. I am very pleased to recommend this book to those who want to know and understand fungi."
Biodiversity and Conservation

" [...] the book can be highly recommended for teachers and researchers alike and the advanced forest pathology student will find it very useful."
European Journal of Forest Pathology

"This will improve undergraduate learning and promote a more integrated understanding of fungal biology. I will certainly use it in my teaching and am sure many others will do likewise."
– New Phytologist


Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Note on Taxonomy
    Chapter 1: Fungal Diversity
        Abstract
        Evolutionary Origins of the Fungi and Their Relationships to Other Eukaryotes
        The Classification of Fungi
        Fungal Phyla
        Microsporidia
        Miscellaneous Microorganisms Studied by Mycologists
    Chapter 2: Fungal Cell Biology and Development
        Abstract
        Organelles, Cells, Organs
        Cell Structure
        Growth and Cell Division
        The Mycelium
        Multicellular Organs
    Chapter 3: Spore Production, Discharge, and Dispersal
        Abstract
        Diversity, Development, and Functions of Spores
        Spore Size and Shape
        Spore Discharge
        Dispersal of Spores and Aeromycology
        Dispersal of Spores by Animals
        Aquatic Spores
    Chapter 4: Genetics - Variation, Sexuality, and Evolution
        Abstract
        Defining Individuals, Populations, and Species
        Life Cycles and the Sexual Process
        Variation, Microevolution, and Speciation
    Chapter 5: Physiology and Adaptation
        Abstract
        Introduction
        Nutrient Acquisition, Uptake, and Assimilation
        Secondary Metabolism
        Sensing and Responding to the Environment
        Developmental Adaptation for Nutrient Acquisition
        Geomycology
    Chapter 6: Molecular Ecology
        Abstract
        The Application of DNA Technology in the Ecology of Fungi
        Fungal Diversity in the Environment
        Linking Fungal Diversity and Ecosystem Processes
        Whole-Genome Sequencing and Comparative Genomics
    Chapter 7: Mutualistic Symbiosis Between Fungi and Autotrophs
        Abstract
        Mycorrhiza
        Lichens
        Endophytes
    Chapter 8: Pathogens of Autotrophs
        Abstract
        Spectrum of Interactions of Fungi with Plants
        Distribution of Pathogens Amongst Fungal Groups
        Susceptibility to and Defence Against Fungal Pathogens
        Key Events in the Disease Cycle of Pathogens
        Case Studies
        Development of Disease in Natural Ecosystems and Crops
        Diseases of Other Autotrophs: Lichens and Seaweeds
        Emerging Diseases and the Biosecurity Threat
    Chapter 9: Interactions with Humans and Other Animals
        Abstract
        Fungi and Humans: Medical Mycology
        Pathogens of Other Vertebrates
        Killers of Invertebrates
        Fungi as Food and Habitat for Animals
        Mutualistic Associations Between Fungi and Animals
    Chapter 10: Interactions Between Fungi and Other Microbes
        Abstract
        Fungal-Fungal Interactions
        Interactions Between Fungi and Bacteria
        Viruses of Fungi
        Interactions Between Fungi and Protists
    Chapter 11: Fungi, Ecosystems, and Global Change
        Abstract
        Introduction
        The Roles of Fungi in Element Cycles, Bioconversions, and Energy Flows
        Biodiversity and Biogeography of Fungi
        Climate Change Responses of Fungi
        Land Use Change
        Pollution, Pesticides, Fertilisers, Nutrient Distribution, and Recycling
        Movement of Biota
        Fungal Conservation
    Chapter 12: Fungi and Biotechnology
        Abstract
        The Industrial Significance of Fungi
        The Cultivation of Mushrooms for Food and Pharmaceuticals
        Production of Food and Drink Using Yeasts and Filamentous Fungi
        Fermentation Technology
        Genetic Manipulation of Fungi for Biotechnology
        Modern Biotechnological Applications of Filamentous Fungi and Yeasts
    Appendix: Glossary of Common Mycological (and Related) Terms
    Index


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