Slayers, Saviors, Servants & Sex: An Exposé of Kingdom Fungi / Edition 1

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In this highly entertaining book, mycologist David Moore presents a fascinating and lively guide to the fungal kingdom. He explores their role in food and agriculture and their dual role as infectious agents and providers of the most potent antibiotics. He also explores their fascinating evolutionary origins and shows us how life would not be possible without them. Throughout, the book relates interesting stories such as the Irish Potato famine and the discovery of penicillin. Anyone interested in biology and the natural world will find this an enjoyable and informative read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387951010
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/21/2000
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Preamble.- Toxins - kill the primates, rule the world. Or: Don't turn your back on a fungus!- Blights, rusts, bunts and mycoses.- Decay and degradation, a fungal specialty.- Joining forces - fungal co-operative ventures.- Fungi in medicine - antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals.- Turning the tables. Using fungi to control other pests.- Let'sj party!- The old Kingdom in time and space.- Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. But why?- The cavalry is coming. Fungi to the rescue.- Sources.- Word games.- Solutions to word games.

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