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The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens


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The ubiquitous fungi are little known and vastly underappreciated. Yet, without them we wouldn't have bread, alcohol, cheese, tofu, or the unique flavors of mushrooms, morels, and truffles. We can't survive without fungi.

The Kingdom Fungi provides a comprehensive look at the biology, structure, and morphological diversity of these necessary organisms. It sheds light on their ecologically important roles in nature, their fascinating relationships with people, plants, and animals, and their practical applications in the manufacture of food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. The book includes information about "true" fungi, fungus-like creatures (slime molds and water molds), and a group of "composite" organisms (lichens) that are more than just fungi. Particular attention is given to examples of fungi that might be found in the home and encountered in nature.

The Kingdom Fungi is a useful introductory text for naturalists, mycologists, and anyone who wants to become more familiar with, and more appreciative of, the fascinating world of fungi.

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A beautifully formatted and informative book on a little-known subject, this is a pleasure both to look at and to read. Stephenson (biology, U. of Arkansas) provides fascinating details on all aspects of fungus biology, little-known facts and occasional revelatory trivia. This is not a trivial book, however: the emphasis is on biological descriptions, not wowing factoids. The first chapter describes fungi in general; subsequent chapters concentrate on different representatives of the kingdom, from edible mushrooms to slime molds and lichens. A discussion of the ecological function of the fungi and their significance to the biosphere in general and a short digression on fungus paleontology close the book. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Steven L. Stephenson is a research professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he served as director of a worldwide project funded by the National Science Foundation to document the distribution of all the slime molds and their relatives. Prior to this he taught biology at Fairmont State University in West Virginia for nearly three decades. Dr. Stephenson has studied fungi and slime molds on six continents in climates ranging from the tropics to the polar regions of both the Arctic and Subantarctic. He is author/co-author of numerous publications, including Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds (Timber Press, 1994) and Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World (Timber Press, 2003).

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The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens
Stephenson, Steven L
Stephenson, Steven L.
Timber Press
Fungal molecular biology.
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Plants - Mushrooms
Life Sciences - Botany
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9.31 x 6.25 x 1 in 1.69 lb

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