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Fungi in Ecosystem Processes

Fungi in Ecosystem Processes
John Dighton
Marcel Dekker
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cloth, 432 p., $175

This book is a useful source of information for researchers and graduate students in ecology, mycology, microbiology, soil science, plant science, forestry, animal science, algology and environmental science — particularly those studying the interactions of fungi with other organisms in an ecosystem. With more than 1,200 references, it is an ideal tool for accessing further information on specific topics.

Fungi in Ecosystem Processes examines the role of fungi in soil formation; the close interaction of fungi with plants in making nutrients available and in carbon fixation; the negative impact on plants by fungal pathogens; fungi and nutrient availability in aquatic and marine ecosystems; fungi as food for secondary producers; fungi as animal pathogens; fungi and community and population regulation; and fungal interactions with humans. The chapter on fungal interactions with humans discusses fungi in relation to conditions created by humans such as acidic pollution and environmental contamination with heavy metals and radionuclides. Also included in this chapter is an explanation of the effect of climate change on fungal dynamics and diversity.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the role of fungi in a wide range of ecological situations. The coverage of mycorrhizal fungi, lichens, fungal -faunal interactions, and population and community regulation is especially informative.

— Jennifer Kiernan, plant pathologist and library volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden