Biology, Systematics, Biogeography and Ecology

1st Edition - August 2, 2017

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  • Editors: Carlos Rojas, Steven Stephenson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128050897
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128134276

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Myxomycetes: Biology, Systematics, Biogeography, and Ecology is a comprehensive overview of the body of accumulated knowledge that now exists on myxomycetes. Its broad scope takes an integrated approach to the knowledge of this organismal group, considering a number of important aspects of their genetics and molecular phylogeny. It also treats myxomycetes as a distinct group from fungi, and includes molecular information that discusses the systematics and evolutionary pathways of the group. Additionally, biomedical and engineering applicability is discussed, thus expanding the audience and use of the book in a multidisciplinary context. The book provides an authoritative resource for students, researchers and educators interested in the fields of protistology, microbial ecology, molecular microbiology, biogeography, mycology, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology, and will also interest the amateur naturalist and biologist.

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 topics
  • Provides straightforward, compiled information about myxomycetes and the potential of this group for basic and applied research


Researchers, students and academics working or studying in the areas of biology, ecology, biodiversity, microbiology, comparative molecular biology, environmental science

Table of Contents

  • Introduction –Steven L. Stephenson & Carlos Rojas (Senior Author Email:

    Chapter 1. The myxomycetes

    Harold Keller, Sidney Everhart & Courtney M. Kilgore

    Chapter 2. Historical and study of myxomycetes

    Bruce Ing & Steven L. Stephenson

    Chapter 3. Phylogeny and evolution

    Dmitry Leontiev & Martin Schnittler

    Chapter 4. Cell and Molecular Biology of Myxomycetes

    Dennis Miller

    Chapter 5. Molecular Techniques and Current Research Approaches

    Margaret Silliker, Thomas Hoppe & Laura Walker

    Chapter 6. Biochemistry and Physiology

    Pu Liu, Qi Wang & Yu Li

    Chapter 7. Taxonomy and systematics

    Carlos Lado & Uno Eliasson

    Chapter 8. Ecology and distribution

    Yura Novozhilov & Adam W. Rollins

    Chapter 9. Biogeographical patterns

    Martin Schnittler & Yura Novozhilov

    Chapter 10. Recording and isolation techniques

    Diana Wrigley de Basanta & Arturo Estrada-Torres

    Chapter 11. Uses and potential

    Hanh Tran, Andrew Adamatzky & Thida Win Ko Ko

    Chapter 12. Myxomycetes in education

    Katherine Winsett, Diana Wrigley de Basanta & Thomas de la Cruz

    Chapter 13. Myxomycete research in the XXI Century

    Carlos Rojas & Tatyana Krivomaz

Product details

  • No. of pages: 474
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: August 2, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128050897
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128134276

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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