Molds, Mushrooms and Other Fungi

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This book introduces you to the fungi kingdom, from familiar mushrooms to unicellular yeasts. It examines the types of fungi, their reproductive methods, and how they feed. It also looks at modern uses of fungi, as well as how fungi recycle dead organic matter into useful nutrients. Did You Know?
• There are about 100,000 species of fungi. ...
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Overview

This book introduces you to the fungi kingdom, from familiar mushrooms to unicellular yeasts. It examines the types of fungi, their reproductive methods, and how they feed. It also looks at modern uses of fungi, as well as how fungi recycle dead organic matter into useful nutrients. Did You Know?
• There are about 100,000 species of fungi.
• Some fungi digest their food outside of their bodies.
• Not counting tree roots, 90 percent of all living matter in forest soil is made up of fungi.
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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Fungi are nature's recyclers. They survive through the process of decaying and decomposing dead plants and animals to obtain nourishment. Eighteen chapters consisting of double-page spreads describe fungi through the use of colorful photographs and brief text. Varying types of fungi are found in fields and meadows, in broad-leaved woods, and in conifer forests. Although some types are easily seen, others are visible only under a microscope. Some fungi live in or with animals and plants in symbiotic relationships, such as on trees and grasses. Mushrooms are tasty and nutritious, but other types of fungi are deadly if eaten. Yeasts are used in baking breads and for fermentation in some wines and beers. Destructive fungi can cause problems for plants and animals. This book contains charts showing the Classification of Life and Groups of Fungi. It also includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. It is a good introductory resource for middle grade students. Part of the "Kingdom Classification" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Gr 7-9–This series gives an overview of a few of the main classifications of living things. Packed with text, photos, micrographs, and insets, these titles will compel readers to look closely. The main text meanders through the loaded pages providing background information, while visuals with italicized captions provide examples and detail. Scientific terms are often defined in the text and used again in later pages. Each spread focuses on a single aspect of the life-form and either moves through the life cycle or presents variations of the classification. Final spreads examine beneficial and harmful varieties. The books close with an overview of scientific classification with a specific example. With its compelling facts and visuals, this is a quality choice.
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