Fungal Populations and Species

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The population genetics and speciation of fungi is a rapidly developing field, heavily dependent upon the use of molecular markers. No basic text exists which describes the methods employed or the findings obtained from such investigations. This book is intended to provide such an account. It describes the methodologies employed and, for the benefit of the non-mycological reader, a brief introduction to basic fungal biology. Recent findings relating to processes in fungal populations - mutation, migration, recombination, heterokaryosis, hybridization, polyploidy, and the operation of selective forces are combined with traditional fungal biology. Finally the taxonomic problems raised by fungal species are discussed, together with the processes of speciation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198515531
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Basic mycology 3
1 Elements of classification, structure, sexuality, biology and genetics of Fungi 5
Pt. II Methodology 27
2 Genetic markers for population studies - I Morphological, physiological and cytological markers 29
3 Genetic markers for population studies - II Molecular markers 47
4 Defining fungal individuals: ecological, biological and genetical aspects; sampling 65
5 Describing and analysing populations: basic genetic and phylogenetic aspects 80
Pt. III Processes in populations 103
6 The generation of variation - I Mutation and migration 105
7 The generation of variation - II The importance and diversity of inbreeding and outbreeding 130
8 The generation of variation - III Heterokaryosis, parasexuality, hybridization and polyploidy 162
9 Change in gene frequency in fungal populations - I General considerations: selection for oligogenically determined traits 185
10 Change in gene frequency in fungal populations - II Natural selection for multigenically determined traits: competition and fitness 208
Pt. IV Species and speciation 239
11 Fungal species 241
12 Speciation in fungi 263
References 292
Abbreviations 328
Mycological glossary 329
Classification of fungi in the text 333
Species index 337
General index 342
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