Mr. Bloomfields Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists

Paperback | April 21, 2004

byNicholas P. Money

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Stinkhorns, puffballs, the "corpse finder," deadly Galerina, Satan's bolete, birch conks, black mold, the old man of the woods--the world of fungi is infinitely varied and not a little weird. Now, in Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard, Nicholas Money introduces readers to a dazzling array of fungi,from brewer's yeast and Penicillium to the highly lethal death cap. We learn of Madurella, which can erode bones until they look moth-eaten; Cordyceps, which wracks insects with convulsions, kills them, then sends a stalk out of the insect's head to release more infectious spores; and Claviceps,the poisonous ergot fungus, which causes hallucinations. Money also showcases the lives of famed mycologists--including Reginald Buller who wore horse blinders as he walked to work, the better to study luminescent fungi in his dark lab, and Charles Tulasne, the Audubon of fungi, whose illustrations of specimens border on art. And he recounts his ownchildhood introduction to fungi in Mr. Bloomfield's orchard, where trees and fruit were devoured by a rogue's gallery of bitter rot, canker, rust, powdery mildew, rubbery wood, and scab. Replete with historical photographs and simple yet effective illustrations, told with a refreshing sense ofhumor,Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard will fascinate anyone interested in the natural world.

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Stinkhorns, puffballs, the "corpse finder," deadly Galerina, Satan's bolete, birch conks, black mold, the old man of the woods--the world of fungi is infinitely varied and not a little weird. Now, in Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard, Nicholas Money introduces readers to a dazzling array of fungi,from brewer's yeast and Penicillium to the hig...

Nicholas P. Money teaches in the Department of Botany at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. He has an international reputation as an expert on mechanisms of fungal growth and development.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.71 × 8.82 × 0.71 inPublished:April 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195171586

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Table of Contents

1. Offensive Phalli and Frigid Caps2. Insidious Killers3. What Lies Beneath4. Metamorphosis5. The Odd Couple6. Ingold's Jewels7. Siren Songs8. Angels of Death9. Mr. Bloomfield's OrchardNotesIndex

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"A witty and wonderful book. In lively prose, Nik Money tells of tramping through the woods in search of mold hermaphrodites, or to stick thermometers into wild mushrooms so as to measure their internal temperature. He also presents lurid descriptions of fungal diseases. The enzymatic vomit ofone species can make your hair fall out; the cells of another species cement scalp grease into dandruff. Spores of a fungus that loves bird droppings can get into your lungs and turn your body into soup. I've never read better descriptions of the complicated sex lives and life cycles of fungalpathogens. This book should be required reading for anyone fascinated by the natural world."--Joan W. Bennett, Editor-in-Chief of Mycologia