The Fungi

The Fungi

3rd Edition - December 8, 2015

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  • Authors: Sarah Watkinson, Lynne Boddy, Nicholas Money
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123820341
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123820358

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The Fungi, Third Edition, offers a comprehensive and thoroughly integrated treatment of the biology of the fungi. This modern synthesis highlights the scientific foundations that continue to inform mycologists today, as well as recent breakthroughs and the formidable challenges in current research. The Fungi combines a wide scope with the depth of inquiry and clarity offered by three leading fungal biologists. The book describes the astonishing diversity of the fungi, their complex life cycles, and intriguing mechanisms of spore release. The distinctive cell biology of the fungi is linked to their development as well as their metabolism and physiology. One of the great advances in mycology in recent decades is the recognition of the vital importance of fungi in the natural environment. Plants are supported by mycorrhizal symbioses with fungi, are attacked by other fungi that cause plant diseases, and are the major decomposers of their dead tissues. Fungi also engage in supportive and harmful interactions with animals, including humans. They are major players in global nutrient cycles. This book is written for undergraduates and graduate students, and will also be useful for professional biologists interested in familiarizing themselves with specific topics in fungal biology.

Key Features

  • Describes the diversity of the fungi, their life cycles, and mechanisms of spore release
  • Highlights the study of fungal genetics and draws upon a wealth of information derived from molecular biological research
  • Explains the cellular and molecular interactions that underlie the key roles of fungi in plant diversity and productivity
  • Elucidates the interactions of fungi with other microbes and animals
  • Highlights fungi in a changing world
  • Details the expanding uses of fungi in biotechnology


Students and researchers in mycology, plant science, microbiology, plant pathology, biotechnology, food science and general biology who are interested in familiarizing themselves with specific topics in fungal biology.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Fungal Diversity

    • Abstract
    • Evolutionary Origins of the Fungi and Their Relationships to Other Eukaryotes
    • The Classification of Fungi
    • Fungal Phyla
    • Microsporidia
    • Miscellaneous Microorganisms Studied by Mycologists

    Chapter 2: Fungal Cell Biology and Development

    • Abstract
    • Organelles, Cells, Organs
    • Cell Structure
    • Growth and Cell Division
    • The Mycelium
    • Multicellular Organs

    Chapter 3: Spore Production, Discharge, and Dispersal

    • Abstract
    • Diversity, Development, and Functions of Spores
    • Spore Size and Shape
    • Spore Discharge
    • Dispersal of Spores and Aeromycology
    • Dispersal of Spores by Animals
    • Aquatic Spores

    Chapter 4: Genetics – Variation, Sexuality, and Evolution

    • Abstract
    • Defining Individuals, Populations, and Species
    • Life Cycles and the Sexual Process
    • Variation, Microevolution, and Speciation

    Chapter 5: Physiology and Adaptation

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Nutrient Acquisition, Uptake, and Assimilation
    • Secondary Metabolism
    • Sensing and Responding to the Environment
    • Developmental Adaptation for Nutrient Acquisition
    • Geomycology

    Chapter 6: Molecular Ecology

    • Abstract
    • The Application of DNA Technology in the Ecology of Fungi
    • Fungal Diversity in the Environment
    • Linking Fungal Diversity and Ecosystem Processes
    • Whole-Genome Sequencing and Comparative Genomics

    Chapter 7: Mutualistic Symbiosis Between Fungi and Autotrophs

    • Abstract
    • Mycorrhiza
    • Lichens
    • Endophytes

    Chapter 8: Pathogens of Autotrophs

    • Abstract
    • Spectrum of Interactions of Fungi with Plants
    • Distribution of Pathogens Amongst Fungal Groups
    • Susceptibility to and Defence Against Fungal Pathogens
    • Key Events in the Disease Cycle of Pathogens
    • Case Studies
    • Development of Disease in Natural Ecosystems and Crops
    • Diseases of Other Autotrophs: Lichens and Seaweeds
    • Emerging Diseases and the Biosecurity Threat

    Chapter 9: Interactions with Humans and Other Animals

    • Abstract
    • Fungi and Humans: Medical Mycology
    • Pathogens of Other Vertebrates
    • Killers of Invertebrates
    • Fungi as Food and Habitat for Animals
    • Mutualistic Associations Between Fungi and Animals

    Chapter 10: Interactions Between Fungi and Other Microbes

    • Abstract
    • Fungal–Fungal Interactions
    • Interactions Between Fungi and Bacteria
    • Viruses of Fungi
    • Interactions Between Fungi and Protists

    Chapter 11: Fungi, Ecosystems, and Global Change

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • The Roles of Fungi in Element Cycles, Bioconversions, and Energy Flows
    • Biodiversity and Biogeography of Fungi
    • Climate Change Responses of Fungi
    • Land Use Change
    • Pollution, Pesticides, Fertilisers, Nutrient Distribution, and Recycling
    • Movement of Biota
    • Fungal Conservation

    Chapter 12: Fungi and Biotechnology

    • Abstract
    • The Industrial Significance of Fungi
    • The Cultivation of Mushrooms for Food and Pharmaceuticals
    • Production of Food and Drink Using Yeasts and Filamentous Fungi
    • Fermentation Technology
    • Genetic Manipulation of Fungi for Biotechnology
    • Modern Biotechnological Applications of Filamentous Fungi and Yeasts

    Appendix: Glossary of Common Mycological (and Related) Terms

Product details

  • No. of pages: 466
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2015
  • Published: December 8, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123820341
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123820358

About the Authors

Sarah Watkinson

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Oxford, UK

Lynne Boddy

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Nicholas Money

Affiliations and Expertise

Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA

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  • LawrencePerepolkin Thu Feb 14 2019

    The Fungi

    Just what I was looking for, a though textbook on fungi. Highly recommended reference for the layperson and the professional.