Clavicipitalean Fungi: Evolutionary Biology, Chemesry, Biocontrol, and Cultural Impacts(Mycology Series, Volume 19)

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Providing a holistic view of the entire clavicipitalean family, this reference analyzes the ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, and taxonomy of this diverse group of fungi for identification of common biological, biochemical, and genetic features and discovery of potential medical and agricultural applications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824742553
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/18/2003
  • Series: Mycology Series, #19
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Historical Perspectives: Human Interactions with Clavicipitalean Fungi 1
2 A Taxonomic Review of the Clavicipitaceous Anamorphs Parasitizing Nematodes and Other Microinvertebrates 17
3 Clavicipitaceous Anamorphs 75
4 The Plant-Infecting Clavicipitaleans 125
5 Distinguishing Features of the Tribe Balansieae 151
6 Taxonomy and Diversity of Epichloe Endophytes 169
7 Diversity and Speciation in Claviceps 195
8 Nigrocornus scleroticus, a Common Old World Balansioid Fungus 247
9 Processes of Species Evolution in Epichloe/Neotyphodium Endophytes of Grasses 273
10 Interkingdom Host Shift in the Cordyceps Fungi 311
11 The Evolutionary Strategy of Claviceps 329
12 Secondary Metabolites of Clavicipitalean Fungi 355
13 Molecular Genetics of Ergot Alkaloid Biosynthesis 399
14 Genetic Manipulation of Clavicipitalean Endophytes 425
15 Molecular Aspects of Host - Pathogen Interactions and Ergot Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Claviceps 445
16 Ergot Alkaloid Toxicity 475
17 Commercial Applications of Endophytic Fungi 495
18 Use of Clavicipitalean Fungi for the Biological Control of Arthropod Pests 517
19 Evidence for Nematode Defense in Symbiotic Grasses 549
Index 571
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