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