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Applied mycology.

Book cover for Applied mycology.


This book is intended to provide both students and researchers with a broad background to some of the fastest developing areas in current applied mycology. A range of contributions are given to highlight the diverse nature of current applied mycology research. The opening chapter of this volume provides some examples of how mycology is often neglected, and presents a case for considering mycology ...


Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

Mycology: a neglected megascience.

This paper aims to demonstrate why mycology should be regarded as a megascience: a subject requiring international collaboration to overcome barriers that need to be confronted in the interests of global security and human well-being. The reasons why this megascience has been neglected are considered, and attention is drawn to the consequences of the continued negligence of mycology for humankind. MycoActions are tentatively suggested that may contribute to the recognition by international and national funding agencies of mycology as a megascience. The diversity, role in Earth processes (e.g. global carbon cycling), and contribution to the global economy (human health, food security, forest productivity, trade and manufacture) of fungi are discussed.

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Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant symbiosis under stress conditions: ecological implications of drought, flooding and salinity. Author(s): García, I. V. Mendoza, R. E.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 38) An overview of ochratoxin research. Author(s): Varga, J. Kocsubé, S. Péteri, Z. Samson, R. A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 56) Improvement of controlled mycorrhizal usage in forest nurseries. Author(s): Duponnois, R. Diouf, D. Galiana, A. Prin, Y.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 73) Fungi in the tree canopy: an appraisal. Author(s): Sridhar, K. R.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 92) Ecology of endophytic fungi associated with leaf litter decomposition. Author(s): Osono, T. Hirose, D.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 110) Brewing yeast in action: beer fermentation. Author(s): Verbelen, P. J. Delvaux, F. R.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 136) Genomic adaptation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to inhibitors for lignocellulosic biomass conversion to ethanol. Author(s): Liu, Z. L. L. Song, M. Z.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 156) Spoilage yeasts and other fungi: their roles in modern enology. Author(s): Malfeito-Ferreira, M. Loureiro, V.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 173) Medicinal potential of Ganoderma lucidum. Author(s): Sliva, D.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 197) Current advances in dematiaceous mycotic infections. Author(s): Revankar, S. G.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 216) Biotechnological aspects of Trichoderma spp. Author(s): Rincón, A. M. Benítez, T. Codón, A. C. Moreno-Mateos, M. A.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 239) Agrobacterium tumefaciens as a molecular tool for the study of fungal pathogens. Author(s): McClelland, C. M. Wickes, B. L.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 258) Myconanotechnology: a new and emerging science. Author(s): Mahendra Rai Alka Yadav Bridge, P. Aniket Gade
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 268) Current advances in fungal chitinases. Author(s): Li DuoChuan Li, A.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 290) Extracellular proteases of mycoparasitic and nematophagous fungi. Author(s): Kredics, L. Kocsubé, S. Antal, Z. Hatvani, L. Manczinger, L. Vágvölgyi, C.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Departamento de Biología Vegetal II, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Plaza Ramón y Cajal, Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid 28040, Spain.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2009
  • ISBN
  • 9781845935344
  • Record Number
  • 20093260126