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The Fungi, 2nd Edition
by Sarah Watkinson, G. W. Gooday, Michael Carlile, Gooday Graham
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The Fungi, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to the importance of fungi in the natural world and in practical applications, from a microbiological perspective. The diversity of fungi as organisms, their roles in relation to man, animals and plants are clearly described. In addition, the recent contributions of molecular biology to mycology are explained, in particular the revision of fungal classification and development of molecular methods for ecology, plant pathology and population genetics. This invaluable work has been completely revised and updated to reflect the many important advances in the field since publication of the first edition. With new material on molecular aspects, this new and up-to-date edition of this highly successful title continues to be essential reading for students and researchers alike interested in this fascinating discipline.

Slayers, Saviors, Servants, and Sex : An Expose of Kingdom Fungi
by David Moore
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A text for the general reader about fungi. Shows all of the vast types of fungi and the helpful and harmful functions it has had, such aiding in making bread and fermenting wine, enabling plants to grow, and their use in creating antibiotics, or their deadly ability to wipe out entire crops.

Applied Mycology and Biotechnology : Volume 1. Agriculture and Food Production
by George G. Khachatourians, Dilip K. Arora
Applied Mycology and Biotechnology : Volume 1. Agriculture and Food Production List Price: $181.00
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Presenting a stimulating synthesis of rapidly growing research interests and publications by scholars in the field of applied mycology and biotechnology.
The surge of research and development activity in applied mycology and fungal biotechnology relates to the need and utility of fungi in many contexts. These contexts are wide in scope, and include agriculture, animal and plant health, biotransformation of organic or inorganic matter, food safety, composition of nutrients and micronutrients, and human and animal infectious disease.
Containing a balanced treatment of principles, biotechnological manipulations and applications of major groups of fungi in agriculture and food, this book will serve as a practical resource for mycologists, microbiologists, biotechnologists, bioengineers, scientists from agri-food industry, biochemists, botanists and agriculturists.

Illustrated Dictionary of Mycology
by Miguel Ulloa, Richard T. Hanlin
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Theoretically translated from the 1991 Dicctionario Illustrado de Micologia, a reference for students of fungus, but in fact also updated and enlarged to include nearly twice as many terms and 80% more illustrations. Many of the some 4,000 entries include black-and- white drawings or photographs illustrating the part or feature being defined. Ulloa (botany, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) and Hanlin (plant pathology, U. of Georgia) include the derivation of the words, most of which are from Latin. Unfortunately they do not indicate pronunciation. The cross-referencing is extensive, which mitigates the lack of an index. They also include a short bibliography and an extensive outline of the classification of the taxa they cover down to the genus level.

Fungi in Bioremediation (British Mycological Society Symposium Series, 23)
by Geoffrey M. Gadd (Editor)
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Bioremediation research has concentrated on organic pollutants, although the range of substances that can be transformed or detoxified by microorganisms includes both natural and synthetic organic materials and inorganic pollutants. The majority of applications developed to date involve bacteria, with a distinct lack of appreciation of the potential roles and involvement of fungi in bioremediation, despite clear evidence of their metabolic and morphological versatility. This book highlights the potential of filamentous fungi, including mycorrhizas, in bioremediation and discusses the physiology and chemistry of pollutant transformations.

Fungal Conservation - Issues and Solutions
by David Moore, Marijke M. Nauta, Shelley E. Evans, Maurice Rotheroe
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Threats to fungi and fungal diversity throughout the world have prompted debates about whether and how fungi can be conserved. Should it be the site, or the habitat, or the host that is conserved? All of these issues are addressed in this volume, but coverage goes beyond mere debate with constructive guidance for management of nature in ways beneficial to fungi. Different parts of the world experience different problems and a range of examples are presented; from Finland in the North to Kenya in the South, and from Washington State, USA in the West to Fujian Province, China in the East. Equally wide-ranging solutions, are put forward, from voluntary agreements, through land management techniques, to primary legislation. Taken together, these provide useful suggestions about how fungi can be included in conservation projects in a range of circumstances.

Slayers, Saviors, Servants and Sex: An Expose of Kingdom Fungi
by D. Moore
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This title is aimed at the general reader and covers the world of fungi. We should know more about fungi. They have killed us, saved us and served us since before written records began. We have made bread, brewed ale, and fermented wine for millennia. Our crops have been at the mercy of fungal diseases since we became farmers, and they still are. Fungal diseases have caused large demographic changes - from the great plague of "St Anthony's Fire" of the Middle Ages (caused by a fungal toxin) to the Irish mass migration to the Americas during the famine (caused by a fungal disease of the potato crop). We can also thank fungi for antibiotics, but do we fully appreciate the revolution in life style (and life expectancy) that these taken-for-granted treatments permit? Fungi enabled plants (by a mutualistic combination that persists today) to invade the land during the evolution of life on Earth. Higher fungi are almost unique in their ability to decay the chemical components of timber. Fungi give us the opportunity of treating plant diseases and killing specific weeds, as well as being very useful for cleaning up polluted environments and for producing chemicals.

The Mystery of Manna: The Psychedelic Sacrament of the Bible
by Daniel Merkur
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* Compelling evidence that the early Jews and Christians used psychedelics as part of their religious rites. * Reveals the Bible's disguised references to this tradition and traces knowledge of this secret to the gnostics, masons, kabbalists, and the legends of the Holy Grail. * Explores the idea that psychedelics have played a role in nearly all religious traditions. When Moses fed manna to the Israelites, he told them that after eating the miraculous bread they would see the glory of God. And indeed they did: "They looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of Yahveh appeared in a cloud." In The Mystery of Manna, religious historian Dan Merkur provides compelling evidence that this was the Israelites' initiation into a psychedelic mystery cult that induced spiritual visions through bread containing ergot--a psychoactive fungus containing the same chemicals from which LSD is made. Citing biblical material, as well as later Jewish and Christian writings, Merkur reveals the existence of an unbroken tradition of Western psychedelic sacraments, from Moses and manna to Jesus and the Eucharist. Most important, Merkur shows that this was not a heretical tradition, but instead part of a normal, Bible-based spirituality, a continuation of the ancient tradition of visionary mysticism. Even when this practice became unacceptable to the religious orthodoxy, it was perpetuated in secret by gnostics, masons, and kabbalists, as well as through the legends of the Holy Grail. Merkur traces a long line of historical figures who knew of manna's secret but dared only make cryptic references to it for fear of persecution. The Mystery of Manna is the strongest contribution yet to our growing realization that, contrary to popular belief, psychedelics and religion have always gone hand in hand.

Fungal Biology : Understanding the Fungal Lifestyle
by D. H. Jennings, G. Lysek
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Revised and updated in accordance with changing undergraduate course requirements, this new edition continues to provide a concise introduction to the fundamental properties and activities of fungi in their natural environment. This approach avoids the repetition of taxonomy and life cycle studies found in similar texts. The environmental perspective used to illustrate the book helps readers develop their understanding of basic principles. This is the ideal book for students taking introductory mycology courses and for graduates starting to use fungi in their research.

Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds
by George W. Hudler
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This book is an interesting introduction to the science of mycology written for non-specialists. It covers numerous aspects of the field, including such topics as fungi as pathogens of food crops, mycotoxins, fungal diseases of humans, yeasts, and mushrooms. Hudler weaves historical information together with the biology of the fungi he describes. Although the book assumes no specific background knowledge in mycology, I did find a few sections a little heavy-going. I found myself wishing I had reviewed Biology 101 before reading chapter 1 on classification and naming, for example. Overall, though, the book is extremely informative and enjoyable to read

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