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"Fungal Biology is the totally up-to-date new version of this undergraduate textual content, masking all significant parts of fungal biology and supplying insights into many topical areas." "This version additionally specializes in the interactions of fungi that shape the root for constructing organic keep an eye on brokers, with numerous advertisement examples of the keep an eye on of insect pests and plant diseases." "The emphasis all through is at the functional  Read more...

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Very few of these lichenized fungi grow in a free-living state. In terms of numbers, the ascomycetous lichen fungi probably represent the largest single component of biodiversity in the entire fungal kingdom (Chapter 13). ) commonly grow as saprotrophs on leaf and fruit surfaces, and some are now being marketed as biological control agents to prevent fruit rots (Chapters 11, 12). g. Chaetomium in soil and composts, Xylaria and Hypoxylon as agents of wood decay, Sordaria and Ascobolus in herbivore dung, and Lulworthia on wood in estuarine environments (Chapter 11).

To give just one example, the extremely common fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus, has never been shown to produce a sexual stage. This fungus is becoming increasingly common as a major cause of death in hospital patients undergoing deep surgical procedures, and it also causes the serious respiratory disease termed aspergillosis (Chapters 8 and 16). In cases such as this it is important to know the sources of genetic variation – is there a sexual stage that we have yet to discover? Like many members of the Ascomycota, N.

G. ) are released and function like spores. (b) Pilobolus, a common fungus on herbivore dung, has a sporangium containing many spores. It is mounted on a vesicle, which ruptures at maturity to shoot the sporangium onto surrounding vegetation (Chapter 10). (c) Piptocephalis is a parasite of other Zygomycota. It produces branched sporangiophores with merosporangia (each containing a few linearly arranged spores) at the branch tips. Fig. 12 A mature, thick-walled, warty zygospore (sexual spore) of Rhizopus sexualis, produced by the fusion of two gametangia.

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