Applied Mycology

August 2009
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  • Published
    14th August 2009
  • ISBN 9781845935344
  • Language English
  • Pages 336 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

The fungal kingdom consists of a wide variety of organisms with a diverse range of forms and functions. Fungi have been utilized for thousands of years and their importance in agriculture, medicine, food production and the environmental sciences is well known. New advances in genomic and metabolomic technologies have allowed further developments in the use of fungi in industry and medicine, increasing the need for a compilation of new applications, developments and technologies across the mycological field.

Applied Mycology brings together a range of contributions, highlighting the diverse nature of current research. Chapters include discussions of fungal associations in the environment, agriculture and forestry, long established and novel applications of fungi in fermentation, the use of fungi in the pharmaceutical industry, the growing recognition of fungal infections, current interests in the use fungal enzymes in biotechnology and the new and emerging field of myconanotechnology. Demonstrating the broad coverage and importance of mycological research, this book will be of interest to researchers and students in all biological sciences.

"The book is highly recommended for students and researchers with interests in applied mycology, and for anyone dealing with food, plant, pharmaceutical, medical and envrionmental sciences."

Cvetomir M. Denchev - Mycologia Balcanica

Part 1 Mycology, 1. Mycology: an Overlooked Megascience, 2. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Plant Symbiosis Under Stress Conditions: Ecological Implications of Drought, Flooding and Salinity, 3.An Overview of Ochratoxin Research, 4. Improvement of Controlled Mycorrhiza Usage in Forest Nurseries, 5. Fungi in Tree Canopy: an Appraisal, 6. Ecology of Endophytic Fungi Associated with Leaf Litter Decomposition

Part 2 Food, Food products and Medicine, 7. Brewing Yeast in Action: Beer Fermentation, 8. Genomic Adaptation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to Inhibitors Involving Lignocellulosic Biomass Conversion to Ethanol, 9. Spoilage Yeasts and Other Fungi: Their roles in Modern Enology, 10. Medicinal Potential of Ganoderma lucidum, 11. Current Advances in Dematiaceous Mycotic Infections

Part 3 Biotechnology and Emerging Science, 12. Biotechnological Aspects of Trichoderma spp., 13. Agrobacterium tumefaciens as a Molecular Tool for the Study of Fungal Pathogens, 14. Myconanotechnology: a New and Emerging Science, 15. Current Advances in Fungal Chitinases, 16.Extracellular Proteases of Mycoparasitic and Nematophagous Fungi

Mahendra Rai

Mahendra Rai is Professor of Biotechnology, SGB Amravati University, India.

Paul D. Bridge

Paul Dennis Bridge was previously Director of Bioservices at CABI, Head of Evolutionary Biology Group at British Antarctic Survey, and Kew Chair of Mycology at Birkbeck. He has 30 years history in practical microbial systematics in agricultural and environmental programs. Author of over 150 scientific papers, chapters and reviews and co-editor for 10 books.