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

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Money writes in an easy and pleasant fashion with strong personal opinions; he essentially provides a one-on-one colloquy."—The Quarterly Review of Biology

"It is a seriously good read, packed with interesting and unexpected asides and notes, so you never quite know what to expect-enthusiasm and excitement exude from every page... This is a book all mycologists should read, and one that should be compulsory in plant pathology courses." —Mycological Research

"Biologists and the scientifically informed public will benefit from the opportunity to learn about the classic fungal diseases of plants in a book written in an enjoyable, often witty style. ... Money uses colorful language in explaining much of the intricate biology of fungi; he is scientifically accurate and serious when appropriate." —Choice

"The book rewards its readers-including those who begin the book with little interest in fungi-by focusing on plants with obvious importance to people (chestnut and elm trees; cacao, coffee and rubber plants; potatoes, corn and wheat) and by embedding lessons about fungal biology in stories peppered with memorable detail." —American Scientist

"A first rate scholar and historian of plant pathology, Money is an able raconteur."— ycologist's Bookshelf

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195189711
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,507,059
  • 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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