The Triumph of the Fungi: A Rotten History

Hardcover | August 15, 2006

byNicholas P. Money

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This 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 plantshas 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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This 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 t...

Nicholas P. Money is at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019518971X

ISBN - 13:9780195189711

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Table of Contents

1. Landscape Architect (Chestnut Blight)2. A Farewell to Elms (Dutch Elm Disease)3. The Decaffeinator (Coffee Rust)4. Chocaholic Mushroom (Cacao Diseases)5. Rubber Eraser (Rubber Blight)6. Cereal Killers (Cereal Smuts and Rusts)7. Potato Soup (Potato Blight)8. Blights, Rusts, and Rots Never Sleep: A Look at Forestry and Agriculture, Biological Warfare, and the Global Impact of Fungal Disease

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"The book rewards its readers-including those who begin the book with little interest in fungi-by focusing on plants with obvious importance to people (chestnut and elm trees; cacao, coffee and rubber plants; potatoes, corn and wheat) and by embedding lessons about fungal biology in storiespeppered with memorable detail." --American Scientist