Introduction to Fungi, Third Edition has been completely rewritten, drawing directly on the authors’ research and teaching experience. The text takes account of the rapid and exciting progress that has been made in the taxonomy, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, pathology, and ecology of the fungi.
The different groups of fungi are presented in a taxonomic context, reflecting recent revolutionary progress in classifications based on molecular phylogeny, with supplementary information from ultrastructure and physiology. The emphasis throughout is on whole-organism biology from an integrated, multidisciplinary perspective. Features of taxonomic significance are integrated with natural functions, including their relevance to human affairs. Special emphasis is placed on the biology and control of human and plant pathogens, providing a vital link between fundamental and applied mycology.
The book is richly illustrated throughout with specially prepared drawings and photographs, based on living material. Illustrated life cycles are provided, and technical terms are clearly explained. Extensive reference is made to recent literature and developments. This comprehensive textbook is suitable from students and researchers in biology, mycology, microbiology, horticulture, agriculture, plant pathology, medicine, and biotechnology.
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