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Fungi: A Very Short Introduction By Nicholas P. Money (Professor of Botany and Western Program Director, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio)

Summary

Fungi form an entire biological kingdom, and represent a great diversity of organisms. They are found in the soil, in the air, and on the surfaces of plants and animals. In this Very Short Introduction, Nicholas P. Money highlights the various effects of fungi on living organisms and considers their broader significance on our planet.

Fungi: A Very Short Introduction Summary

Fungi: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas P. Money (Professor of Botany and Western Program Director, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio)

The variety of the mycological world is far greater than most people imagine. Tens of thousands of fungal species have been described and many more are known only from the abundance of their genes in soil and water. Fungi are hugely important as agents of wood decay in forests, and, as parasites, they have caused the deaths of millions of people by ravaging crops and reshaping natural ecosystems. Fungi perform a variety of essential functions in ecosystems, and are important to both agriculture and biotechnology. Their importance is now becoming better appreciated among scientists, though there is much still to be understood concerning their taxonomy and evolution. This Very Short Introduction highlights the variety and extraordinary natures of fungi, revealing the remarkable facts of fungal biology and the global significance of these enchanting organisms. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Fungi: A Very Short Introduction Reviews

Witty and highly readable... When it comes to writing about fungi, Nik Money truly is the ultimate fun guide! * Botany One *
Informative and fascinating * Steve Craggs, Northern Echo *
Nicholas Money's Fungi: A Very Short Introduction just brims with passion for its subject. I read once that the perfect candidate for any professional job interview is one who exudes "cool professionalism, with sparkle". Nicholas Money's book on Fungi is the paper version of that ideal. * The Victoria Welch Science blog *

About Nicholas P. Money (Professor of Botany and Western Program Director, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio)

Nicholas P. Money is Professor of Botany and Western Program Director at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has studied fungal growth and reproduction for more than 30 years and has authored six books, including Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists (OUP, 2002), Mushroom (OUP, 2011) described by Nature magazine as a 'brilliant scientific and cultural exploration', and The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes (OUP, 2014).

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9780199688784
0199688788
Fungi: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas P. Money (Professor of Botany and Western Program Director, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio)
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Oxford University Press
2016-11-30
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