Fungi In Ecosystem Processes

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Overview

Adopting the novel approach of viewing the role of fungi from the perspective of ecosystem functions, this book examines the importance of fungi in soil formation, plant primary production, sustenance of secondary producers, and regulation of plant and animal populations and communities. This volume emphasizes the idea that fungi are not alone in the regulation of these processes. It addresses the main processes occurring in ecosystems and showing where and how fungi are critical, and enables readers to gain a better understanding of the role of fungi in shaping ecosystems. "Fungi in Ecosystem Processes" considers the negative impact of fungi on faunal productivity and includes more than 1200 citations.

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"[T]he synthesis and distillation of such a huge volume of information in disparate publications achieved here represents a major scholarly achievement, and the author is to be congratulated on covering a field that few would contemplate tackling even as editors of multi-authored volumes. Further, he writes with both authority and passion. All mycologists involved in teaching, or requiring ammunition to argue the case for the importance of fungi, should obtain access to a copy."
—David Hawksworth, Mycological Research, Jan. 2004
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824742447
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: Mycology Series , #17
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Dighton is Director of the Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station, New Lisbon, New Jersey, and Professor of Biology at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, New Bruinswick, and in the Department of biology at the Camden Campus, Rutgers University, New Jersey. The author or coathor of more than 100 professional publications, he is a member of the British Mycological Society, the British Ecological Society, and the Mycological Society of America, among others. Dr. Dighton received the B.Sc. degree (1971) from the University of London, England; the M.Sc. degree (1973) from the University of Durham, England, and the Ph.D. degree (1976) from the University of London, Queen Elizabeth College, England.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Fungi and Primary Productivity: Making Nutrients Available
Fungi and Primary Productivity: Plant Growth and Carbon Fixation
Fungi, Secondary Productivity, and Other Fungal-Faunal Interactions
Fungi and Population and Community Regulation
Fungal Interactions with Humans
Synopsis and Outlook to the Future
Index

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