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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.
- 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
A comprehensive index
- Comprehensive reference sections for further reading
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
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
Additional Orders of Basidiomycota with Holobasidia Located in Hymenia
The Mycorrhizae of Orchids
Auriculariales, the Jelly Ear Fungi
Dacrymycetales, Jelly Fungi with Tuning-Fork Basidia
Tremellales, the Trembling Fungi
Ustilaginomycotina, the Smut Relationship
Introduction to the Ustilaginomycotina
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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“This textbook is a gem. Besides providing an in-depth introduction to the fungi, the book is full of incredible photographs taken by Meike. Available in Spanish and English, this resource is worth every penny!”
—Mary Palm, APS Council Immediate Past President
"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."
"This work will be useful for students, researchers, and teachers in vaiour disciplines, phytopathologists, physicians, naturalists, ecologists, chemists, and food technologists."
"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."
Publish Date: 2015
Format: 8.5” × 11” hardcover
Images: 211 images
Publication Weight: 4 lbs
By Meike Piepenbring