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About this book
In this book Elio Schaechter, a distinguised biologist, reveals the power of these curious organisms, and demonstrates their key role in nearly all terrestrial ecosystems.
Part I Mushrooms and other fungi: mushrooms in our midst; the life history of the mushroom; umbrellas and other variations. Part II Collecting, in solitude and in groups: a foray in the woods; a walk on the lawn; mushrooms united. Part III Culinary tales: a matter of taste; white buttons, shiitake and other tamed species; truffles, stinkhorns and corn smut. Part IV A knigdom of versatile parts: mushrooms, the mind and the body; murder and more mushroom mayhem; the train wrecker and other sturdy mushrooms; insects as fungus gardeners. The biologist as mushroom hunter.