Mushroom

Hardcover | October 25, 2011

byNicholas P. Money

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The overnight appearance of mushrooms in a meadow or on a suburban lawn is a marvelous sight. It is one of many awe-inspiring, magical processes that have evolved among the fungi, yet this group remains the least studied and most poorly understood kingdom of organisms. In Mushroom, Nicholas Money offers a vibrant introduction to the world of mushrooms, investigating the science behind these organisms as well as their enduring cultural and imaginative appeal. Beginning with the basics of mushroom biology, Money leads us through a history of mushroom research,painting portraits of the colorful characters involved in their study - among them, Beatrix Potter, the celebrated author and creator of Peter Rabbit, and Captain Charles McIlvaine, a Civil War veteran who engaged in a dangerous quest to determine the edibility of every mushroom in North America.Money also discusses the uses of mushrooms today, exploring their importance as food and medicine, their use as recreational drugs, and as the cause of horrific poisonings. A cultural, natural, and scientific history in one, Mushroom is a must-read for mycophiles, mushroom gatherers, and naturelovers alike.

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The overnight appearance of mushrooms in a meadow or on a suburban lawn is a marvelous sight. It is one of many awe-inspiring, magical processes that have evolved among the fungi, yet this group remains the least studied and most poorly understood kingdom of organisms. In Mushroom, Nicholas Money offers a vibrant introduction to the wo...

Nicholas P. Money is Professor of Botany at Miami University and author of The Triumph of the Fungi, Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores, and Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 25, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199732566

ISBN - 13:9780199732562

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Preface1. Angels on the Lawn: How Mushrooms Develop2. Gill Gymnastics: The Beautiful Mechanism of Mushroom Spore Release3. Triumph of the Fungi: Diversity and Functions of Mushroom4. Satan's Gourmand: Harvesting Wild Mushrooms5. Snow White and Baby Bella: Global Industry of Mushroom Cultivation6. Death Caps: Poisonous Mushrooms and Mushroom Poisoning7. Magic Mushrooms: The Culture and Science of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms8. Cures for Mortality?: The Medicinal Mushroom FraudNotesIndex