Books  Botany & Plant Science  Non-Vascular Plants  Fungi 

The Bird's Nest Fungi

New

By: Harold J Brodie (Author)

216 pages, b/w illustrations

University of Toronto Press

Paperback | Jul 2016 | #232195 | ISBN-13: 9781442652347
Temporarily out of stock: order now to get this when available Details
NHBS Price: £15.99 $20/€19 approx

About this book

Originally published in 1975.

The intriguing Bird's Nest Fungi (Nidulariaceae) of forest, meadow, and garden have been familiar to botanists since 1601, but only relatively recently has the significance of their peculiar form been realized. Dr Brodie traces the long controversy that arose when Bird's Nest Fungi were first classified as seed plants because of the numerous seed-like bodies contained in their small cup-shaped fruit bodies. The 'seeds' are now known to contain spores like those of other fungi such as puffballs, to which the Nidulariaceae are related. Present-day research has shown that certain Bird's Nest Fungi produce chemicals having previously unrecognized molecular structure. Between these milestones Dr Brodie reveals the solution to the mystery of the dispersal of the 'eggs' from the 'bird's nest': the fruit bodies are splash guns from which the reproductive spores are ejected by the force of falling raindrops. This explanation of the phenomenon is supported by copious observations and hitherto unpublished experiments.

All known species of Nidulariaceae, including many only recently recognized, are described in The Bird's Nest Fungi. All aspects of growth, structure, development, and life-cycle of these fungi, both in nature and in laboratory culture, are reported in a modern, comprehensive treatment of a subject which is of interest not only to mycologists but to amateur naturalists as well.


Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!


Biography

Harold J. Brodie (1907-1989) was Professor Emeritus of Botany, University of Alberta, Edmonton, and lived in Victoria, BC till his death. He received many honours and awards as a result of his researches on Bird's Nest Fungi and many other groups of fungi.

Bestsellers in this subject

Collins Fungi Guide

NHBS Price: £19.99 $25/€24 approx

A Field Guide to Mushrooms of Britain and Europe

NHBS Special Offer Price: £11.99 £14.99 (Save £3.00) $15/€14 approx (ends 31/12/2016)

Where the Slime Mould Creeps

NHBS Price: £17.99 $23/€21 approx

Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools

NHBS Price: £16.99 $22/€20 approx

Fungi of Northern Europe, Volume 5: The Genus Mycena s.l.

NHBS Price: £89.99 $115/€107 approx