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Introduction to Fungi

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521014830

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  • This new edition of the universally acclaimed and widely-used textbook on fungal biology has been completely re-written, 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. Features of taxonomic relevance 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, and the emphasis throughout is on whole-organism biology from an integrated, multidisciplinary perspective.

    • Fungi treated in an up-to-date taxonomic context to provide a natural framework for mycology classes
    • Each group of fungi treated in an integrated manner to give easy access to comprehensive information about a given species or group
    • Drawings and photographs made by the authors from living material, to enable characteristic features to be easily recognized by the student
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… highly recommended.' Mycological Research

    'The drawings of this book are accurate and aesthetically pleasing. … The authors have taken greatest care in production of this work; legends to figured and tables, spelling of names, references are flawless. … The authors succeed in conveying much of their fascination to their readers. I can only wish this book, written by an eminent teacher of mycology, a very wide distribution.' Nova Hedwigia

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521014830
    • length: 867 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 190 x 38 mm
    • weight: 2.35kg
    • contains: 475 b/w illus. 12 colour illus. 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Protozoa: Myxomycota (slime moulds)
    3. Protozoa: Plasmodiophoromycota
    4. Straminipila: minor fungal phyla
    5. Straminipila: Oomycota
    6. Chytridiomycota
    7. Zygomycota
    8. Ascomycota (ascomycetes)
    9. Archiascomycetes
    10. Hemiascomycetes
    11. Plectomycetes
    12. Hymenoascomycetes: Pyrenomycetes
    13. Hymenoascomycetes: Erysiphales
    14. Hymenoascomycetes: Pezizales (operculate discomycetes)
    15. Hymenoascomycetes: Helotiales (inoperculate discomycetes)
    16. Lichenized fungi (chiefly Hymenoascomycetes: Lecanorales)
    17. Loculoascomycetes
    18. Basidiomycota
    19. Homobasidiomycetes
    20. Homobasidiomycetes: gasteromycetes
    21. Heterobasidiomycetes
    22. Uredinales: the rust fungi
    23. Ustilaginomycetes: smut fungi and their allies
    24. Basidiomycete yeasts
    25. Anamorphic fungi.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Biology of Fungi
    • Biology of the Fungi
    • Concepts in Botany
    • Fungal Biology
    • Fungi
    • Fungi and Plant Health
    • General Mycology
    • Introduction to Mycology
    • Introduction to the Fungi
    • Introductory Mycology
    • Introductory Mycology; Advanced Mycology
    • Mycology
  • Authors

    John Webster, University of Exeter
    John Webster is Professor Emeritus of the School of Biosciences at the University of Exeter, UK.

    Roland Weber, Fruit Research Station (OVB) Jork, Germany
    Dr Roland W. S. Weber (B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Exeter, UK) has an exceptionally broad university-based research and teaching experience spanning all areas of mycology as well as most groups of fungi. He is currently working at the Fruit Experiment Station (OVB) in Jork, Northern Germany, where he is establishing a mycology laboratory and research group. Current research activities include the biology of new and uncommon fungal pathogens, notably Fusarium avenaceum cane blight of raspberries, sooty-blotch disease and Gloeosporium-type storage rots of apples. He is also concerned with the effects of climate change on apple pests and diseases. From July 1999 until November 2006 Dr Weber was a lecturer in fungal biotechnology at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. As a research fellow at the University of Exeter (1996–1999), Dr Weber worked with Professor John Webster on the ecology of coprophilous fungi and on the rust fungus Puccinia distincta, a new arrival in Europe which has now established itself across the Continent. The extensive collaboration between both mycologists has culminated in their recently published textbook Introduction to Fungi (third edition, Cambridge University Press, 2007). Dr Weber has authored some 90 scientific publications in a wide range of journals, as well as several book chapters. He is a current editorial board member of Mycological Research and a member of the British Mycological Society, Royal Horticultural Society and German Mycological Society.

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