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Introduction to Fungi

Fungi treated in an up-to-date taxonomic context to provide a natural framework for mycology classes
Each group of fungi treated in an integrated manner to give easy access to comprehensive information about a given species or group
Drawings and photographs made by the authors from living material, to enable characteristic features to be easily recognized by the student

By: John Webster (Author), Roland WS Weber (Author)

841 pages, b/w photos, illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jan 2007 | Edition: 3 | #162262 | ISBN-13: 9780521014830
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Hardback | Jan 2007 | Edition: 3 | #165620 | ISBN-13: 9780521807395
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This new edition of the universally acclaimed and widely-used textbook on fungal biology has been completely re-written, drawing directly on the authors' research and teaching experience. The text takes account of the rapid and exciting progress that has been made in the taxonomy, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, pathology and ecology of the fungi. Features of taxonomic relevance are integrated with natural functions, including their relevance to human affairs. Special emphasis is placed on the biology and control of human and plant pathogens, providing a vital link between fundamental and applied mycology.

Introduction to Fungi is richly illustrated throughout with specially prepared drawings and photographs, based on living material. Illustrated life-cycles are provided, and technical terms are clearly explained. Extensive reference is made to recent literature and developments, and the emphasis throughout is on whole-organism biology from an integrated, multidisciplinary perspective.

"[...] highly recommended."
- Mycological Research

"The drawings of this book are accurate and aesthetically pleasing. [...] The authors have taken greatest care in production of this work; legends to figured and tables, spelling of names, references are flawless. [...] The authors succeed in conveying much of their fascination to their readers. I can only wish this book, written by an eminent teacher of mycology, a very wide distribution."
- Nova Hedwigia



1. Introduction
2. Protozoa: Myxomycota (slime moulds)
3. Protozoa: Plasmodiophoromycota
4. Straminipila: minor fungal phyla
5. Straminipila: Oomycota
6. Chytridiomycota
7. Zygomycota
8. Ascomycota (ascomycetes)
9. Archiascomycetes
10. Hemiascomycetes
11. Plectomycetes
12. Hymenoascomycetes: Pyrenomycetes
13. Hymenoascomycetes: Erysiphales
14. Hymenoascomycetes: Pezizales (operculate discomycetes)
15. Hymenoascomycetes: Helotiales (inoperculate discomycetes)
16. Lichenized fungi (chiefly Hymenoascomycetes: Lecanorales)
17. Loculoascomycetes
18. Basidiomycota
19. Homobasidiomycetes
20. Homobasidiomycetes: gasteromycetes
21. Heterobasidiomycetes
22. Uredinales: the rust fungi
23. Ustilaginomycetes: smut fungi and their allies
24. Basidiomycete yeasts
25. Anamorphic fungi

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John Webster is Professor Emeritus of the School of Biosciences at the University of Exeter, UK. Roland W. S. Weber is a Lecturer in the Department of Biotechnology at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

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