The Triumph of the Fungi: A Rotten History / Edition 1

The Triumph of the Fungi: A Rotten History / Edition 1

by Nicholas P. Money
     
 

ISBN-10: 019518971X

ISBN-13: 9780195189711

Pub. Date: 08/31/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Everyone is aware of the nineteenth-century Irish potato famine, but fungal diseases of many other crops have had similarly apocalyptic consequences. Today, coffee, cacao, and rubber are threatened by fungi throughout the tropics. Indeed, fungi have carved their way through the ages, attacking every plant that we cultivate, constantly exploiting new hosts. In The…  See more details below

Overview

Everyone is aware of the nineteenth-century Irish potato famine, but fungal diseases of many other crops have had similarly apocalyptic consequences. Today, coffee, cacao, and rubber are threatened by fungi throughout the tropics. Indeed, fungi have carved their way through the ages, attacking every plant that we cultivate, constantly exploiting new hosts. In The Triumph of the Fungi, Nicholas Money offers an intimate picture of these pernicious microbes, the scientists who have sought to control them, and the people directly impacted by the loss of forest trees and cash crops. Even with the development of fungicides and other scientific breakthroughs, fungi continue to be unstoppable - this is the story of their triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195189711
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
476,729
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Landscape Architect (Chestnut Blight)
2. A Farewell to Elms (Dutch Elm Disease)
3. The Decaffeinator (Coffee Rust)
4. Chocaholic Mushroom (Cacao Diseases)
5. Rubber Eraser (Rubber Blight)
6. Cereal Killers (Cereal Smuts and Rusts)
7. Potato Soup (Potato Blight)
8. Blights, Rusts, and Rots Never Sleep: A Look at Forestry and Agriculture, Biological Warfare, and the Global Impact of Fungal Disease

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