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The Kingdom of Fungi

The Kingdom of Fungi

by Jens H. Petersen
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The essential photographic guide to the world's fungi

The fungi realm has been called the "hidden kingdom," a mysterious world populated by microscopic spores, gigantic mushrooms and toadstools, and a host of other multicellular organisms ranging widely in color, size, and shape. The Kingdom of Fungi provides an intimate look at the world's astonishing variety of fungi species, from cup fungi and lichens to truffles and tooth fungi, clubs and corals, and jelly fungi and puffballs. This beautifully illustrated book features more than 800 stunning color photographs as well as a concise text that describes the biology and ecology of fungi, fungal morphology, where fungi grow, and human interactions with and uses of fungi.

The Kingdom of Fungi is a feast for the senses, and the ideal reference for naturalists, researchers, and anyone interested in fungi.

  • Reveals fungal life as never seen before
  • Features more than 800 stunning color photos
  • Describes fungal biology, morphology, distribution, and uses
  • A must-have reference book for naturalists and researchers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691157542
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 473,730
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jens H. Petersen is a mycologist and photographer. He has taught mycology at Denmark's Aarhus University for more than twenty years and has illustrated several popular books on edible mushrooms.

Table of Contents

  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • Contents, pg. 3
  • Preface, pg. 4
  • Introducing fungal life, pg. 6
  • Fungal spores, pg. 8
  • Hyphae, pg. 12
  • Kinship, pg. 18
  • The perfect imperfects, pg. 24
  • Fruiting bodies, pg. 34
  • The Ascomycota, pg. 46
  • The Basidiomycota, pg. 102
  • The Zygomycota and other groups, pg. 192
  • Fungal ecology, pg. 194
  • Fungi in the world, pg. 223
  • Fungal future, pg. 254
  • Postscript, pg. 259
  • Index, pg. 260

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"The Kingdom of Fungi melds the traditional classification still found in most field guides with the findings from recent phylogenetic studies. The photographs are absolutely stunning and will be the talk of the town."—Donald H. Pfister, Harvard University

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The Kingdom of Fungi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Darin Wiseman More than 1 year ago
This book is AWESOME!! This is not an identification guide, but it teaches you about the entire Fungi Kingdom and how it lives, moves, reproduces, and dies. It also has some of the most beautiful pictures of fungi I have ever seen! And the microscopic photography is great too! Very clear (but a little complicated for just a beginner) text and graphs that show you how all the Fungi in the kingdom are related. There is more knowledge packed into these 260 pages than I could probably find in any 500-page book! 500 stars if I could. Well worth the money!