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21st Century Guidebook to Fungi


By: David Moore(Author), Geoffrey D Robson(Author), Anthony PJ Trinci(Author)

627 pages, 337 b/w illustrations, 57 tables, includes CD-ROM

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2011 | #189466 | ISBN-13: 9780521186957
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Fungi have their own unique cell biology and life cycle, but also play critical roles in wider biological systems. 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi provides an all-round view of fungal biology, ranging in scope from the evolutionary origins of fungi and other eukaryotes more than a billion years ago, to the impact fungi have on our everyday lives. Bringing mycology teaching right up to date, this unique systems biology approach emphasises the interactions between fungi and other organisms to illustrate the critical roles that fungi play in every ecosystem and food web.

With more than 60 colour figures, examples of computational modelling and resource boxes directing students to areas of interest online, this uniquely modern textbook gives students an appreciation of fungi both at the organism level and in the context of wider biology. A companion CD-ROM features a hyperlinked version of 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi and the fully integrated World of Cyberfungi website.

"Mycology is often seen as a relatively small specialist discipline; however, this expansive treatment of the subject reaches the parts that other textbooks fail to reach, even putting fungi in the context of the cosmos! This interactive textbook will make a valuable contribution to modernising fungal science education, providing a platform for 21st century mycology teaching in universities and colleges."
- Dr Alison M. Ashby, British Mycological Society and University of Cambridge

"The 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi is a game changer. It will provide the current techno savvy generation of students with a format that matches their learning style. The information is extensive and accessibly presented and the links provide students with tools to improve their critical thinking and lifelong learning skills. I will use it in a large class format with students at a wide range of levels. Thank you for your hard work in producing this truly superior product."
- Scott E. Gold, University of Georgia

"This will be very popular and will certainly fill a major gap in the available textbook literature [...] I will be recommending it on the MSc microbiology course I now help with."
- Professor D. L. Hawksworth CBE, International Mycological Association, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Natural History Museum, London

"This book will be very useful to all industrial microbiologists. The 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi manages to combine classical mycology with advances in molecular phylogeny, and also covers recent advances in a whole host of other topics. The writing is crisp and concise. In particular, the layout is very well thought out. A wonderful starting point for anyone involved in working with fungi."
- Dr Mark Loftus, L. F. Lambert Spawn Co.

"The idea of integrating both a CD-ROM and a book makes this very timely, and a powerful educational tool for use at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The key aspects of mycology are comprehensively covered with excellent diagrams, figures and images to help the educational process."
- Professor Naresh Magan, Cranfield University

"Fungi are significant things: without them, there would be no grasslands and forests and humans would never have evolved. The 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi introduces students to the vast sweep of fungal biology and does an admirable job of explaining what these fascinating organisms are, how they work, and what they do."
- Nicholas P. Money, Miami University, Ohio

"Fungi are exciting organisms to study but they are often the preserve of the specialist. That's all changed with the production of this book. Moore, Robson and Trinci have now made fungi accessible to everyone with interesting comments, explanatory figures, clear illustrations and personal observations. Even if you are not a student of physiology or genetics the book is reader friendly such that you can pick the book up and choose a chapter. For those, amateur or student, who want to learn more about fungi this is your text; even the professional will find it of great use in refreshing the memory and I am sure will pick up a few tricks in doing so."
- Professor Roy Watling MBE, FRSE, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

"[...] written in delightful prose, integrating concepts and interdisciplinary knowledge. [...] very user friendly [...] The CD is a great feature of the book, making this an outstanding resource. [...] a very useful book for fungi aficionados, experts, students, and classroom teaching. This book could become a classic in the field and will be an enjoyable read for anyone wanting to learn more about fungi."- 
- Plant Science Bulletin

"This is an innovative text, both in its presentation and its organization. The authors' broad experience and nearly encyclopedic knowledge lend strength and their many years of teaching experience all increase its value. The volume is remarkably well written and well copy edited. This book is a marvelous effort to holistically integrate mycology into modern systems biology."
- David Yohalem, Inoculum



Part I. Nature and Origins of Fungi
1. 21st-century fungal communities
2. Evolutionary origins
3. Natural classification of fungi

Part II. Fungal Cell Biology
4. Hyphal cell biology and growth on solid substrates
5. Fungal cell biology
6. Structure and synthesis of fungal cell walls

Part III. Fungal Genetics and Diversity
7. From the haploid to the functional diploid: homokaryons, heterokaryons, dikaryons and compatibility
8. Sexual reproduction: the basis of diversity and taxonomy
9. Continuing the diversity theme: cell and tissue differentiation

Part IV. Biochemistry and Developmental Biology of Fungi
10. Fungi in ecosystems
11. Exploiting fungi for food
12. Development and morphogenesis

Part V. Fungi as Saprotrophs, Symbionts and Pathogens
13. Ecosystem mycology: saprotrophs, and mutualisms between plants and fungi
14. Fungi as pathogens of plants
15. Fungi as symbionts and predators of animals
16. Fungi as pathogens of animals, including man

Part VI. Fungal Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
17. Whole organism biotechnology
18. Molecular biotechnology

Part VII. Appendices
Appendix 1. Outline classification of fungi
Appendix 2. Mycelial and hyphal


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David Moore is a retired Reader in Genetics and Honorary Reader in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. He is a past President of the British Mycological Society and was Executive Editor of the international scientific journal Mycological Research for ten years. In recent years he has created the educational website which provides resources for UK schools, sponsored by the British Mycological Society.

Geoffrey D. Robson is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester, UK. He teaches the undergraduate courses 'Microbes, Man and the Environment', 'Fungal Ecology and Biotechnology' and 'Microbial Biotechnology' and is Programme Director for the Enterprise Biotechnology Course. He is currently General Secretary of the British Mycological Society.

Anthony P. J. Trinci was Barker Professor of Cryptogamic Botany and Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, and is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester. His teaching at Manchester included undergraduate courses in microbiology, mycology and biotechnology, and postgraduate level units in microbial biotechnology. He is a past President of both the Society for General Microbiology and the British Mycological Society.

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