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Most genetics textbooks deal adequately with plant and animal genetics, but tend to neglect fungi except for two areas. Firstly, the ascus segregations which, in the 1960s, contributed so much to developing an understanding of the mechanism of recombination and secondly, the contribution that work on yeast (as a model eukaryote) is currently making to understanding cell cycle control and its genetic regulation. Consequently, most introductory genetics texts will leave the reader/student with the impression that fungi are of use when peculiarities of their structure or life style suit them to particular experimental approaches, but are not worth mentioning otherwise. The authors have produced a book that will compensate for this imbalance.
Preface.- Contents.- Illustration credits.- Why study the genomes of fungi?- Genome interactions.- Wild types and mutants.- Segregation genetics - the indirect approach.- Recombination analysis.- Mechanisms of recombination.- The physical genotype.- Genes to genomics: mapping the fungal genome.- Systematics, phylogeny and evolution.- The genetics of fungal differentiation and morphogenesis.- Index.
The authors have undoubtedly succeeded in their main aim of producing a readable yet challenging text which will appeal to keen undergraduates and their teachers alike. In particular, the inclusion of both classical and molecular techniques together makes for a satisfying read. Each chapter is organized logically and carefully leads the reader through, at times, complex ideas. ...a valuable addition to the literature which I will certainly recommend as a reference source for our final year undergraduates studying fungal genetics. Mycological Research "...this is a valuable contribution on these fascinating and important organisms." Microbiology Today "This book will serve as a comprehensive resource for courses in fungal genetics and will be useful for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals in molecular fungal biology, mycology, plant pathology, microbiology, medical mycology and other disciplines in which fungi have an important role." -CHOICE