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Myxomycetes - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128242810, 9780128242827


2nd Edition

Biology, Systematics, Biogeography and Ecology

Editors: Carlos Rojas Steven Stephenson
eBook ISBN: 9780128242827
Paperback ISBN: 9780128242810
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th September 2021
Page Count: 600
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Myxomycetes: Biology, Systematics, Biogeography and Ecology, Second Edition provides a complete collection of general and technical information on myxomycetes microorganisms. Its broad scope takes an integrated approach, considering a number of important aspects surrounding their genetics and molecular phylogeny. The book treats myxomycetes as a distinct group from fungi and includes molecular information that discusses systematics and evolutionary pathways. Written and developed by an international team of specialists, this second edition contains updated information on all aspects of myxomycetes. It incorporates relevant and new material on current barcoding developments, plasmodial network experimentation, and non-STEM disciplinary assimilation of myxomycete information.

This book is a unique and authoritative resource for researchers in organismal biology and ecology disciplines, as well as students and academics in biology, ecology, microbiology, and similar subject areas.

Key Features

  • Written in a simple, concise and relatively non-technical style, allowing for a broad readership within biological, environmental and life science programs at academic and research institutions
  • Contains the comprehensive body of information available on myxomycetes under one cover, with contributions from the leading authorities in their respective areas of expertise
  • Provides straightforward, compiled information about myxomycetes and the potential of this group for basic and applied research
  • Offers completely updated material in every chapter, including new material on barcoding and Physarum polycephalum biological factors


Researchers in disciplines such as organismal biology, general biology, biodiversity, ecology, microbiology, or environmental science. Advanced students and academics in biology, ecology, microbiology, and similar subject area courses

Table of Contents

Steven L. Stephenson and Carlos Rojas
1. The Myxomycetes: Introduction, Basic Biology, Life Cycles, Genetics, and Reproduction
Harold W. Keller, Sidney E. Everhard and Courtney M. Kilgore
2. The History of the Study of Myxomycetes
Bruce Ing and Steven L. Stephenson
3. The Phylogeny of Myxomycetes
Dmitry V. Leontyev and Martin Schnittler
4. The Barcoding of Myxomycetes
Oleg Shchepin
5. Genomics and Gene Expression in Myxomycetes
Dennis Miller, Ramesh Padmanabhan and Subha N. Sarcar
6. Molecular Techniques and Current Research Approaches
Laura Walker, Margaret Silliker and Thomas Hoppe
7. Physiology and Biochemistry of Myxomycetes
Qi Wang, Yu Li and Pu Liu
8. Taxonomy and Systematics: Current Knowledge and Approaches on the Taxonomic Treatment of Myxomycetes
Carlos Lado and Uno Eliasson
9. Ecology and Distribution of Myxomycetes
Yura Novozhilov, Adam W. Rollins and Martin Schnittler
10. Biogeographical Patterns in Myxomycetes
Martin Schnittler, Nikki H.A. Dagamac and Yura Novozhilov
11. Techniques for Recording and Isolating Myxomycetes
Diana Wrigley de Basanta and Arturo Estrada-Torres
12. Integrated Biology of Physarum polycephalum: Ultrastructure, cell biology, cellular cognition and behavior of plasmodial networks
Christina Oettmeier and Hans-Günther Döbereiner
13. Uses, Applications and Disciplinary Integration using Myxomycetes
Hanh T.M. Tran, Carlos Rojas and Tatyana Krivomaz
14. Myxomycetes in Education: The Use of These Organisms in Promoting Active and Engaged Learning
Solange Xavier dos Santos, Diana Wrigley de Basanta, Thomas de la Cruz and Katherine E. Winsett


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About the Editors

Carlos Rojas

Carlos Rojas is the most active researcher currently studying the biology of myxomycetes in all of Central America. His studies of the ecology of the group have taken him to North, Central and South America as well as Northern Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia. He has published more than 30 scientific articles on myxomycetes and coedited a book on forest ecology. He is currently the editor of the journal Revista Ingeniería based at the University of Costa Rica and associate editor of Mycologia and several other journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Editor, Revista Ingenieria, University of Costa Rica; Associate Editor, Mycologia

Steven Stephenson

Dr. Stephenson is one of the world’s leading authorities on the myxomycetes. His research on the group for more than 35 years has taken him to all seven continents and to every major type of terrestrial ecosystem. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters along with seven books on myxomycetes, fungi and forest ecology. His field guide Myxomycetes: a Handbook of Slime Molds (Timber Press, 1994) has sold more copies than any other book on these organisms. He served as editor-in-chief of the major international journal Fungal Diversity and has been or is an associate editor of a number of journals, including Mycologia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK, USA

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