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The Fungal Kingdom

By: Joseph Heitman(Editor), Barbara J Howlett(Editor), Pedro W Crous(Editor), Eva H Stukenbrock(Editor), Timothy Y James(Editor), Neil AR Gow(Editor), Paul Nurse(Foreword By)
1136 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
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  • The Fungal Kingdom ISBN: 9781555819576 Hardback Oct 2017 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-4 weeks
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Members of the fungal kingdom – the decomposers, the fermenters, the pathogens, the symbiotes – play critical roles in the ecology of our planet and have provided both benefits and hazards to humans for millennia. Pathogenic fungi are responsible for ca. 1.5 million deaths each year, yet other members of the Kingdom Fungi provide foods, medicines, industrial products, and more: a window for researchers into the workings of all eukaryotes. In The Fungal Kingdom, an international team of experts has assembled reviews by more than 170 mycologists, cell biologists, systems biologists, mathematicians, geneticists, and genomicists that cover the latest research and knowledge about all aspects of the Eumycota.

The Fungal Kingdom is a rich collection of articles on all things fungi. These reviews present the latest fungal research and the impacts of fungi on agriculture, ecology, human health, and industrial applications as well as what lies ahead.


Section 1: Fungal Branches on the Eukaryotic Tree of Life
1. Realm and Classification of the Fungal Kingdom
      Joseph Spatafora, John Taylor, and Rytas Vilgalys
2. What Fungal Traits Matter and How They Evolve
      Lazlo Nagy and Tim James
3. What Defines the "Kingdom" Fungi?
      Thomas Richards
4. Fungal Diversity Revisited: 2.2 to 3.8 Million Species
      David Hawksworth, Robert Lücking, and Paul Kirk
5. Microsporidia: Obligate Intracellular Pathogens within the Fungal Kingdom Realm
      Louis Weiss

Section 2: Life of Fungi
6. Fungal Sex: The Ascomycota
      Richard Bennett and Gillian Turgeon
7. Fungal Sex: The Basidiomycota
      Marco A. Coelho et al.
8. Fungal Sex: The Mucoromycota
      Alex Idnurm and Soo Chan Lee
9. Sex and the Imperfect Fungi
      Paul Dyer and Ulrich Kück
10. Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Cell Fusion and Heterokaryon Formation in Filamentous Fungi
      Jens Heller et al.
11. Cell Biology of Fungal Growth
      Gero Steinberg and Meritxell Riquelme
12. The Fungal Cell Wall: Structure, Biosynthesis, and Function
      Carol Munro and Neil Gow
13. Fungal Ecology: Principles of Competition and Colonization by Saprotrophic Fungi
      Lynne Boddy and Jennifer Hiscox

Section 3: Fungal Ecology
14. Long-Distance Dispersal of Fungi
      Jacob Golan and Anne Pringle
15. The Geomycology of Elemental Cycling and Transformations in the Environment
      Geoffrey Gadd
16. Ecology of Fungal Plant Pathogens
      Aad Termorshuizen
17. Key Ecological Roles for Zoosporic True Fungi in Aquatic Habitats
      Frank H. Gleason et al.

Section 4: How Fungi Sense Their Environment
18. The Mycelium as a Network
      Mark Fricker and Lynne Boddy
19. Nutrient Sensing
      Mark Johnston et al.
20. The Complexity of Fungal Vision
      Luis Corrochano and Reinhard Fischer
21. Stress Sensing
      Alistair J.P. Brown et al.
22. Thigmo Responses: The Fungal Sense of Touch
      Alexandra Brand and Mariana Cruz Almeida
23. Melanin, Radiation, and Energy Transduction in Fungi
      Arturo Casadevall et al.
24. Marking Time: Conservation of Biological Clocks from Fungi to Animals
      Jennifer Loros and Jay Dunlap

Section 5: Fungal Genetics and Genomics as Models for Biology
25. Target of Rapamycin (TOR) Regulates Growth in Response to Nutritional Signals
      Ronit Weisman
26. Fungal Cell Cycle: A Unicellular versus Multicellular Comparison
      Ilkay Dörter and Michelle Momany
27. A Matter of Scale and Dimensions: Chromatin of Chromosome Landmarks in the Fungi
      Allyson A. Erlendson, Steven Friedman and Michael Freitag
28. Fungal Ploidy Changes
      Anna Selmecki
29. Fungal Genomes and Insights into the Evolution of the Kingdom
      Jason Stajich
30. Sources of Fungal Genetic Variation and Associating It with Phenotypic Diversity
      John Taylor
31. RNAi in Fungi: Retention and Loss
      Victoriano Garre and Francisco Nicolás
32. Fungal Prions
      Daniel Jarosz, Heather True-Krob, and Sven Saupe
33. Repeat-Induced Point Mutation and Other Genome Defense Mechanisms in Fungi
      Eugene Gladyshev
34. Plant Pathogenic Fungi
      Gunther Doehlemann and Amir Sharon

Section 6: Fungal Interactions with Plants: Impact on Agriculture and the Biosphere
35. The Mutualistic Interaction between Plants and Mycorrhizal Fungi
      Luisa Lanfranco, Andrea Genre, and Paola Bonfante
36. Lichenized Fungi and the Evolution of Symbiotic Organization
      Mats Wedin and Martin Grube
37. Role of Effectors in Plant Disease
      Richard Oliver and Pierre de Wit
38. Emerging Fungal Threats to Plants and Animals Challenge Agriculture and Ecosystem Resilience
      Helen Fones, Matt Fisher, and Sarah Gurr
39. Fungi That Infect Humans
      Julia Köhler et al.

Section 7: Fungi and the Human Host
40. The Mycobiome: Impact on Health and Disease States
      Mahmoud Ghannoum and Pat Seed
41. Skin Fungi from Colonization to Infection
      Sybren de Hoog et al.
42. Fungal Biofilms and Human Disease
      Aaron Mitchell and Katherine S. Lagree
43. How the Vertebrate Immune System Recognizes and Attacks Fungi
      Gordon Brown et al.
44. Antifungal Drugs: The Current Armamentarium and Development of New Agents
      Gerard Wright, Nicole Robbins, and Leah Cowen
45. The Insect Pathogens
      Ray St. Leger and Brian Lovett

Section 8: Fungal Interactions with Animals (Fungi, Insects, and Nematodes) and Other Microbes
46. Made for Each Other: Ascomycete Yeasts and Insects
      Meredith Blackwell and Fred Dietrich
47. Nematode-Trapping Fungi
      Xiangzhi Jiang, Meichun Xiang, and Xingzhong Liu
48. Host-Microsporidia Interactions in the Nematode Caenorhabiditis elegans
      Emily Troemel
49. Bacterial Endosymbionts: Master Modulators of Fungal Phenotypes
      Sarah J. Araldi-Brondolo et al.
50. Necrotrophic Mycoparasites and Their Genomes
      Magnus Karlsson et al.
51. Lignin from Lignocellulose: Ligninolytic Enzymes and Applications of Lignin and Ligninolytic Enzymes
      Scott Baker and Ronald de Vries
52. Fungal Enzymes and Yeasts for Conversion of Plant Biomass to Bioenergy and Higher Value Products
      Gustavo Goldman and Lene Lange

Section 9: Fungi: Technology and Natural Products
53. Fungi as a Source of Food
      Joëlle Dupont et al.
54. Biologically Active Secondary Metabolites from the Fungi
      Gerald Bills and James Gloer

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By: Joseph Heitman(Editor), Barbara J Howlett(Editor), Pedro W Crous(Editor), Eva H Stukenbrock(Editor), Timothy Y James(Editor), Neil AR Gow(Editor), Paul Nurse(Foreword By)
1136 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
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