Illustrated Genera of Smut Fungi, 2nd Edition provides clear, concise, and up-to-date information on these important plant parasitic micro fungi. Completely rewritten and greatly expanded, the second edition explores the 77 recognized, and 12 doubtful or recently excluded, genera of smut fungi. With 182 new illustrations and 40 chapters more that the first edition, this comprehensive resource helps anyone interested in smut fungi to easily find and classify smut specimens into genera with a high degree of accuracy.This key reference presents information on smut fungi and their life cycle as well as principles, trends and problems of classification. Readers will learn about the latest classificatory system of smuts and allied fungi, including ultrastructural characters, the known number of species within each genus, and the host plant families. One hundred eighty drawings of diseased plants, sori, and 230 microphotographs of spores, spore germination, and ultrastructure complete the detailed descriptions of the type species of each genus. A key guide in identifying smut fungi to the correct genus and the glossary explains the most important special expressions and terminology used in the book. A comprehensive list of regional floras, descriptive manuals, general literature, and an index of fungus names provide information on smut fungus floras of the world including general problems, phylogeny, and classification.With more than 50 years of research and experience in the field of smut fungi, resulting in the description of more than 250 new species, 25 new genera, and 9 new families published in more than 125 papers and several books, Dr. Kálmán Vánky, world authority for the smut fungi, presents highly scientific work in an easily understandable form. This reference source and standard work will prove invaluable for all interested in mycology, phytopathology, taxonomy, and botany.
"...an excellent reference that belongs in every disease diagnostic laboratory...diagnosticians will consult this book frequently when they encounter unusual specimans that are not listed in other references."-- Inoculum
“Without any doubt this book will be welcomed by plant pathologists and mycologists all over the world and should be present in all botanical and agricultural libraries.”-- Journal of Plant Protection
"This will now be the first point of call for all unsure of the genus."-- Mycotaxon
"The book is the best manual of smut fungi, and an essential work for mycologists, plant pathologists and students all over the world."-- Czech Mycology
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