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Fungi: A Very Short Introduction [#455]
Fungi: A Very Short Introduction [#455]
  • Provides a clear and engaging overview of the entire field of mycology or fungal biology
  • Offers succinct descriptions of molecular and cell biology as they apply to fungi
  • Addresses fungal diversity, evolution, genetics, reproduction, spore formation and fungal diseases of plants and animals
  • Explains the reliance of many plants and animals on fungi
  • Discusses the importance of fungi in ecology, agriculture, and biotechnology

The variety of the mycological world is far greater than most people imagine. Tens of thousands of fungal species have been described and many more are known only from the abundance of their genes in soil and water. Fungi are hugely important as agents of wood decay in forests, and, as parasites, they have caused the deaths of millions of people by ravaging crops and reshaping natural ecosystems.

Fungi perform a variety of essential functions in ecosystems, and are important to both agriculture and biotechnology. Their importance is now becoming better appreciated among scientists, though there is much still to be understood concerning their taxonomy and evolution. This Very Short Introduction highlights the variety and extraordinary natures of fungi, revealing the remarkable facts of fungal biology and the global significance of these enchanting organisms. 


1: What is a fungus?
2: Fungal diversity
3: Fungal genetics and life cycles
4: Fungal mutualisms (supportive relationships)
5: Fungi as parasites of plants
6: Fungi and decomposition
7: Fungi in animal health and disease
8: Mushroom picking, mushroom cultivation, and fungal biotechnology

About the author: 

Nicholas P. Money is Professor of Botany and Western Program Director at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has studied fungal growth and reproduction for more than 30 years and has authored six books, including Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists (OUP, 2002), Mushroom (OUP, 2011) described by Nature magazine as a 'brilliant scientific and cultural exploration', and The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes (OUP, 2014).

"Witty and highly readable... When it comes to writing about fungi, Nik Money truly is the ultimate fun guide!" - Botany One

"Informative and fascinating" - Steve Craggs, Northern Echo

"Nicholas Money's Fungi: A Very Short Introduction just brims with passion for its subject. I read once that the perfect candidate for any professional job interview is one who exudes "cool professionalism, with sparkle". Nicholas Money's book on Fungi is the paper version of that ideal." - The Victoria Welch Science blog

Product details

ISBN : 9780199688784

Nicholas P. Money
160 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jan 2016
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Fungi: A Very Short Introduction [#455]

Fungi: A Very Short Introduction [#455]

Fungi: A Very Short Introduction [#455]