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A COMPLETE update and revision to 2020 of this well-established and comprehensive text book of general fungal biology

The mysterious world of fungi is once again unearthed in this expansive second edition. This textbook provides readers with an all-embracing view of the kingdom fungi, ranging in scope from ecology and evolution, diversity and taxonomy, cell biology and biochemistry, to genetics and genomics, biotechnology and bioinformatics.

Adopting a unique systems biology approach - and using explanatory figures and colour illustrations - the authors emphasise the diverse interactions between fungi and other organisms. They outline how recent advances in molecular techniques and computational biology have fundamentally changed our understanding of fungal biology, and have updated chapters and references throughout the book in light of this.

This is a fascinating and accessible guide, which will appeal to a broad readership - from aspiring mycologists at undergraduate and graduate level to those studying related disciplines. Online resources are hosted on a complementary website.  

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Product details

EDITION: 2nd Edition
FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781108745680
DIMENSIONS: 280 x 218 x 27 mm
WEIGHT: 1.7 kg
CONTAINS: 170 b/w illus. 160 colour illus. 49 tables
AVAILABILITY: Not yet published - available from May 2020

Table of Contents

 1. Twenty-first century fungal communities

2. Evolutionary origins

3. Natural classification of fungi

4. Hyphal cell biology and growth on solid substrates

5. Fungal cell biology

6. Fungal genetics: from gene segregation to gene editing

7. Structure and synthesis of fungal cell walls

8. From the haploid to the functional diploid: homokaryons, heterokaryons, dikaryons and compatibility

9. Sexual reproduction: the basis of diversity and taxonomy

10. Continuing the diversity theme: cell and tissue differentiation

11. Fungi in ecosystems

12. Exploiting fungi for food

13. Development and morphogenesis

14. Ecosystem mycology: saprotrophs, and mutualisms between plants and fungi

15. Fungi as symbionts and predators of animals

16. Fungi as pathogens of plants

17. Fungi as pathogens of animals, including humans

18. Killing fungi: antifungals and fungicides

19. Whole organism biotechnology of fungi.


Prepublication endorsements

'21st Century Guidebook to Fungi describes the fungal story with art and excellence. This guidebook is authored by three recognized fungal experts whom I was privileged to meet. It has everything one wants to find in a book; it is easy to read, it has informative headings, well-organized tables and illustrative figures, and it contains all one wants to know about the matter. Definitely, this is an invaluable book that all those passionate about fungi must have!' Carmen Sánchez, Autonomous University of Tlaxcala, Mexico.

'This is a comprehensive wide-ranging survey of the Fungal Kingdom of proven value to all interested in fungal biology. The scope is huge, ranging from ecology and environment through biodiversity, growth, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics to pathogenesis and biotechnology. Building on the earlier format, the Second Edition is significantly updated with major recent developments in fungal biology including genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology. The layout of text and figures is excellent with the writing style clear and 'user-friendly'. The content is supported by a thorough web-based resource as well as numerous web-links and relevant references for each topic to guide readers to in-depth knowledge. Useful appendices provide clear accounts of taxonomy and differentiation. The book is invaluable for teachers and students of fungal biology, microbiology and related disciplines as well as researchers requiring broad background knowledge of fungal systems.' Geoffrey M Gadd, University of Dundee.

'This well-illustrated and fully revised new edition provides a masterly, enticing, and fascinating window into the mysteries and marvels of the biology and physiology of fungi; their life-styles, how they develop and grow, their chemical armory, beneficial and harmful interactions with diverse other organisms, ecological roles, and importance to human well-being. Fungi often go unseen and so unappreciated, but they touch so many aspects of our daily lives. Original sources and websites are cited throughout which greatly facilitates further enquiry. The authors have spent their careers teaching mycology at the university level, and have produced a book that will continues to be a boon to not only those taking postgraduate courses involving fungi, but a starting point for anyone keen to explore the capabilities and importance of these often unappreciated but intriguing organisms in more depth.' David L. Hawksworth, CBE, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK; Honorary President, International Mycological Association.

'Fungi encounter us daily in our lives, sometimes consciously as in baking and brewing, while their immense prevalence and importance often remain unnoticed. Fungi may be perceived as evil, through molds on our food, pathogens on crops and sources of disease. However, fungi have distinct environmental roles in symbiotic and parasitic actions and in competitions for nutrients and space. They contribute significantly to transformation and preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, on smaller and larger scales in all types of habitats. Fungi recycle organic material including wood enabling renewal of plant growth. They protect themselves and others by antibiotics to suppress competitors in warfare. They use chemical and enzymatic strategies to attack dead and living organic material exploited in modern biotechnology. Knowledge and views on fungi have changed dramatically with the contemporary 'omics' research and molecular-based taxonomy and are comprehensively featured in this highly informative, up‑to-date and multi-facetted fungal book.' Ursula Kües, University of Göttingen.

'I highly recommend this textbook. It has very broad coverage of the subject area of fungal biology from cell and molecular, through to whole organism and ecological and applied aspects. It is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students, indeed I provide copies as essential background reading to my postgraduate students to give them an overview of the field. The text is very well laid out, beautifully illustrated and clearly explains the material, reflecting the longstanding experience of the authors as University teachers. Of particular credit is the integration of cell biology, biochemical and genomic data, combined with thorough details of the use of fungi in biotechnology and their importance as both beneficial symbionts but also detrimental pathogens. I am delighted that a new edition of the text has been produced, with updates and online resources maintaining the guidebook as the best all round mycology text available.' Paul S. Dyer, University of Nottingham.

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