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The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens

By Steven L. Stephenson

A beautifully formatted and informative book on a little-known subject, this is a pleasure both to look at and to read.

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The ubiquitous fungi are little known and vastly underappreciated. Yet without them we wouldn't have bread, alcohol, cheese, tofu, or the unique flavors of mushrooms, morels, and truffles. We can't survive without fungi.

The Kingdom Fungi provides a comprehensive look at the biology, structure, and morphological diversity of these necessary organisms. It sheds light on their ecologically important roles in nature, their fascinating relationships with people, plants, and animals, and their practical applications in the manufacture of food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. The book includes information about "true" fungi, fungus-like creatures (slime molds and water molds), and a group of "composite" organisms (lichens) that are more than just fungi. Particular attention is given to examples of fungi that might be found in the home and encountered in nature.

The Kingdom Fungi is a useful introductory text for naturalists, mycologists, and anyone who wants to become more familiar with, and more appreciative of, the fascinating world of fungi.

Awards for this book: Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book

About the author

Steven L. Stephenson

Steven L. Stephenson is a research professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he served as director of a worldwide project to document the distribution of all the slime molds and their relatives. He has studied fungi and slime molds on six continents.

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