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From The CriticsReviewer: Rebecca T. Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM)(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book focuses specifically on the molecular basis of fungal pathogenesis, bringing together the current research in pathogenic fungi and presenting it in an organized, systematic fashion.
Purpose: According to the editors, this book is intended to provide "state-of-the-art molecular and genetic approaches" to the classic study of fungal pathogens. The generation of this book is a result of the many years of experience from the molecular mycology course taught at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It is intended to set the stage for the next generation of "teaching, research and discovery."
Audience: The book is directed at individuals with research interests in fungal pathogenesis. It brings together the accomplishments that have occurred in this field over the past several years.
Features: The first of the book's five sections is on general principles and covers such topics as the mechanism of antifungal agents and the complicated topic of fungal mating. The next section details model systems used to study fungi such as the use of Drosophila to study Aspergillus and Galleria mellonella used to study Candida species. The third section discusses specific human pathogens such as Cryptococcus species and the soil fungi, Histoplasma capsulatum. The next section examines the host immune response to specific pathogens. In the final section there is discussion of future areas of research and discovery.
Assessment: This is unique. I know of no other reference that details the current information and research on fungal pathogens like this book does. I would highly recommend this book for a graduate level fungal pathogenesis course.