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

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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...

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Overview

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: 9780387950983
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/21/2000
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

1— Toxins: Kill the Primates, Rule the World.- 2— Blights, Rusts, Bunts, and Mycoses.- 3— Decay and Degradation.- 4— Joining Forces.- 5— Fungi in Medicine.- 6— Turning the Tables.- 7— Let’s Party!.- 8— The Old Kingdom in Time and Space.- 9— Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Educated Fleas Do It: But Why?.- 10— The Cavalry Is Coming.- Sources.- Word Games.- Solutions to Word Games.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    An excellent introduction to fungi

    Once picked up, this book is hard to put down. There is a lot of information covered in its 152 pages. I recommend this book to everyone, it is an easy read even for those who do not have a background in science. In my opinion, this book should be required reading throughout public school science courses. This book does not read like a public school science book, it is suitable for adult and young readers alike. This book is a must have for anyone interested in biology and highly recommended for everyone else.

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