Triumph of the Fungi
A Rotten History
By (author) Nicholas P. Money
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Triumph of the Fungi by Nicholas P. Money
Book DescriptionThis book is concerned with the most devastating fungal diseases in history. These are the plagues of trees and crop plants, caused by invisible spores that have reshaped entire landscapes and decimated human populations. The Triumph of the Fungi focuses on the fascinating biology of the well- and lesser-known diseases, and also tells the stories of the scientists involved in their study, and of the people directly impacted by the loss of forest trees like the chestnut, and cash crops such as coffee and cacao. In a surprisingly brief time, human knowledge of the fungi that infect plants has evolved from Biblical superstition, to the recognition of the true nature of plant disease, and, more recently, to a sense of awe for the sophistication of these microbes. The crucial issue of human culpability in these fungal epidemics is addressed in the books closing chapter.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195189711
(241mm x 163mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 21-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nicholas P. Money
Fungi: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (January 2016)
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.
Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (December 2014)
Modern microbiology has transformed our understanding of life on earth, and had a huge impact on medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology. In this Very Short Introduction, Nicholas P. Money explores the microbial world, considering its diversity and vital roles in ecosystems, including the human body.
Amoeba in the Room, Hardback (April 2014)» View all books by Nicholas P. Money
Exploring the variety of the microbial world, Nicholas P. Money argues for a radical change of perspective. As molecular methods discover vast numbers of new viruses and bacteria, it is becoming clear that microbial life dominates and runs the planet.
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