"Exceptionally well written, organized and presented...highly recommended as a curriculum textbook, and should be a part of every professional and academic library Mycology reference collection and supplemental studies reading list.-- Reviewer's Bookwatch
Also available in Spanish! A New Mycology Book Packed with Information and Stunning Visual Coverage of Tropical FungiIntroduction to Mycology in the Tropics is a key reference that provides critical information on all major groups of fungi found throughout the world’s tropical regions. It provides solid theoretical knowledge of tropical mycology presented in a logical, easy-to-use format for academics, professionals, and enthusiasts. Contrary to what the title suggests, Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics is not just for those studying mycology in the tropics. This comprehensive book applies to a wide range of disciplines, including phytopathology, medicine, naturalism, ecology, botany, zoology, chemistry, biotechnology, and food engineering.Mycologists and readers interested in related plant science disciplines will find basic knowledge on fungal diversity, enabling them to recognize fungal groups in the field, analyze cellular structures, and understand the ecological importance of fungi. Those in the food engineering, biotechnology, and medical science disciplines can learn about edible and poisonous mushrooms, as well as medicinal and clinically important fungi used for antibiotics and other active compounds. Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics thoroughly covers Basidiomycota, Ascomycota, lichens, further groups of Fungi, Straminipila (Heterokonta), and slime molds. It offers details on their etymology, systematics, geographical distribution, ecology, morphology, life cycle, biochemical aspects, and importance for humans (positive and negative). In addition to these systematically organized chapters, special topics (e.g., fungi in symbiosis with social insects, mycorrhizae, ethnomycology, fungi pathogenic to humans) are presented in helpful call-out boxes.This book’s numerous color photographs offer stunning visual coverage of tropical fungi, their interactions with insects and other animals, and plant disease symptoms caused by fungi, helping readers to not only identify fungal groups, specific fungi, and fungus-like organisms but also interpret their interactions.Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics presents diagrams of significant fungal species’ life cycles—some presented for the first time in a didactically suitable format, helping readers understand the dynamic—and sometimes highly complex—development of fungi over time. Features include:
This globally appealing book is useful for students, teachers, and researchers of mycology, botany, and zoology; as well as those in related disciplines, like phytopathologists, physicians, naturalists, ecologists, chemists, and food technologists. The book’s author, Dr. Meike Piepenbring, is an internationally recognized expert in tropical mycology. She is currently a professor of mycology at the University of Frankfurt and has been teaching the subject since 1997. She has written or contributed to more than 100 publications in international journals and has authored or helped author several other books.
Plant Pathology educators may review Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics for consideration as a course textbook.
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