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Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics
Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics

"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."
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Dr. Piepenbring received the 2019 W.H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching from MSA!

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A New Mycology Book Packed with Information and Stunning Visual Coverage of Tropical Fungi

Introduction 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:

  • English-language and Spanish-language editions
  • Chapters organized according to the systematic classification of fungi
  • Boxes for topics of special interest
  • Up-to-date systematic concepts and taxonomic names
  • Images, drawings, and diagrams throughout to enhance the text
  • Tables concerning phytopathologically important fungi
  • Didactically elaborate life cycles of important species
  • Approximately 1,000 fungi and fungus-like organisms featured
  • Comprehensive reference sections for further reading
  • A detailed glossary
  • A comprehensive index
    • 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.

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      Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics

      1. Introduction to Mycology

      2. Introduction to the Fungi and Fungus-Like Organisms

          Fungal Diseases of Cultivated Plants

      3. Kingdom Fungi, the True Fungi

      4. Basidiomycota

      Introduction to the Basidiomycota, the Club Fungi
      Agaricomycotina, Fungi with Basidia in Hymenia

      Introduction to the Agaricomycotina
      Agaricales, Mushrooms, Toadstools, and Other Macrofungi

          Fungi in Symbiosis with Social Insects
          The Rhizomorphs of Marasmius spp.
          Species of Agaricales Pathogenic on Plants Cultivated in the Tropics

      Russulales: Russulas, Milk Caps, and Other Fungi


      Polyporales, the Bracket Polypores

           Wood Decay

      Additional Orders of Basidiomycota with Holobasidia Located in Hymenia

          The Mycorrhizae of Orchids

      Gasteroid Fungi
      Auriculariales, the Jelly Ear Fungi

          Mycoheterotrophic Plants

      Dacrymycetales, Jelly Fungi with Tuning-Fork Basidia
      Tremellales, the Trembling Fungi

      Ustilaginomycotina, the Smut Relationship

      Introduction to the Ustilaginomycotina

           Fungal Galls

      Ustilaginales, the Largest Group of True Smut Fungi
      Tilletiales, the Bunts
      Urocystidales, Smut Fungi with Teliospores in Balls
      Doassansiales, Parasites of Aquatic Plants
      Entylomatales, Causal Agents of Leaf Spots
      Exobasidiales, Fungi Parasitic on Plants Without Teliospores
      Malasseziales, Yeasts on Human Beings and Other Animals

      Pucciniomycotina, Rusts and Related Fungi

      Introduction to the Pucciniomycotina
      Pucciniales, the Rust Fungi

          Parasitic Fungi on Rusts: The Hyperparasites

      Septobasidiales, Fungi “Farming” Scale Insects
      Some Small Groups Related to Pucciniales
      Microbotryales, Ustilaginoid Parasites of Plants
      Sporidiobolales, the Mirror Yeasts

      Entorrhizales, Subterranean Ustilaginoid Fungi
      Wallemiales, Basidiomycetous Molds

      5. Ascomycota

      Introduction to the Ascomycota, the Sac Fungi
      The Asexual Stages of Ascomycota and Basidiomycota

      Introduction to Asexual Stages of Ascomycota and Basidiomycota
      “Hyphomycetes”, Asexual Fungi with Exposed Conidia
      “Coelomycetes”, Asexual Fungi with Enclosed Conidia

          How Can Lesions on Leaves Caused by Fungi be Distinguished from Those Caused by Algae, Insects, or Other Agents?


      Introduction to the Pezizomycotina
      Pezizales, Cup Fungi with Operculate Asci

          Coprophilous Fungi

      Orbiliales, Small Cup Fungi with Minute Ascospores
      Helotiales, Cup Fungi with Inoperculate Asci>/h4>

          Mycorrhizae of Ericaceae

      Cyttariales, Parasitic Fungi on Nothofagus spp
      Rhytismatales, Causal Agents of Tar Spot Diseases
      Erysiphales, Causal Agents of Powdery Mildews
      Eurotiomycetes or “Plectomycetes”, Ascomycota with Globose Ascomata
      Eurotiales, the Order of Aspergillus and Penicillium
      Onygenales, Keratinophilic Fungi

          Fungi as Causal Agents of Diseases of Human Beings

      Additional Groups of Eurotiomycetes
      Sordariomycetes, Fungi with Perithecia or “Pyrenomycetes”
      Sordariales, Microfungi with Perithecia

          Endophytic Fungi
          Chains of Trophic Relations: Fungi Parasitic on Insects Parasitic on Plants

      Xylariales, Dead Man’s Fingers and Related Fungi
      Meliolales, Causal Agents of Black Mildew
      Phyllachorales, Causal Agents of Tropical Tar Spot Diseases
      Diaporthales, Glomerellales, and Magnaporthaceae—Additional Groups of Sordariomycetes
      Dothideomycetes, Ascomycetes with Bitunicate Asci
      Capnodiales, the Sooty Mold Fungi
      Mycosphaerellaceae (Capnodiales)
      Asterinaceae, Micropeltidaceae, and Microthyriales, Fungi with Thyriothecia
      Additional Groups of Dothideomycetes


      Introduction to the Saccharomycotina
      Saccharomycetales, the True Yeasts


      Introduction to the Taphrinomycotina
      Taphrinales, Leaf Curl and Other Plant Parasitic Fungi
      Schizosaccharomycetales, the Fission Yeasts
      Pneumocystidales, Fungal Agents of Pneumonia

      6. Lichens, Fungi Living with Photobionts

      Introduction to the Lichens

      7. Other Groups of True Fungi (Fungi)

      Introduction to Other Groups of Fungi

          Arbuscular Mycorrhizae

      “Zygomycota”, the Yoke Fungi

      Introduction to the “Zygomycota”
      “Trichomycetes”, Gut Fungi of Arthropods

      Chytridiomycota, the Chytrids

          Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the Causal Agent of Frog Deaths

      Additional Groups of True Fungi (Fungi)

      8. Straminipila (Heterokonta)—Fungus-Like Organisms

      Introduction to the Straminipila

      Introduction to the Oomycota
      Saprolegniales, the Water Molds
      Albuginales, Causal Agents of White Rust
      Peronosporales, Causal Agents of Downy Mildew

      Hyphochytriomycota, the Hyphochytrids
      Labyrinthulea, the Slime Nets

      9. Slime Molds—Fungus-Like Organisms

      Introduction to the Slime Molds
      Myxogastria and Other Fungus-Like Organisms in Amoebozoa

      Protostelid Amoebae (“Protostelia”)
      Myxogastria (mycol. Myxomycetes), the True Slime Molds
      Dictyostelia, the Social Amoebae or Cellular Slime Molds

      Acrasiales, Cellular Slime Molds in the Heterolobosea
      Plasmodiophorales, Obligate Parasites Classified in Phytomyxea

      Source and Credit Information

      "This work will be useful for students, researchers, and teachers in vaiour disciplines, phytopathologists, physicians, naturalists, ecologists, chemists, and food technologists."
      —Fungal Diversity

      "This first homogeneous textbook devoted to teaching mycology in the tropics fulfills a long-existing demand in tropical countries. One of the most important accomplishments of the book is to motivate the reader for appreciating fungi as admirably highly complex and beautiful organisms. Since it covers most fungal groups and interactions also occurring in temperate regions, it is also an excellent textbook for mycology outside the tropics."
      —Nova Hedwigia

      Publish Date: 2015
      Format: 8.5” × 11” hardcover
      ISBN: 978-0-89054-459-4
      Pages: 366
      Images: 211 images
      Publication Weight: 4 lbs

      By Meike Piepenbring

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