The Lives of Fungi: A Natural History of Our Planet's Decomposers - The Lives of the Natural World (Hardback)Britt A. Bunyard (author)
A fascinating and richly illustrated exploration of the natural history of fungi
We know fungi are important, for us as well as the environment. But how they live, and what they can do, remains mysterious and surprising. Filled with stunning photographs, The Lives of Fungi presents an inside look into their hidden and extraordinary world.
The wonders of fungi are myriad: a mushroom poking up through leaf litter literally overnight, or the sensational hit of umami from truffle shavings. Alexander Fleming cured infections with mold and spiritual guides have long used psychedelic mushrooms to enhance understanding. Then there are the tiny threads of fungi, called hyphae, that create a communications network for the natural world while decomposing organic matter. Combining engaging and accessible text with beautiful images, The Lives of Fungi lays out all the essential facts about fungi for the mycologically curious.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 241 x 191 mm
"It is hard to imagine that there has ever been a more comprehensive book written on fungi, or one with such stunning photography, that enables the reader to see these mysterious life forms in a totally different light. No walk in the countryside will ever be the same again." * Country Smallholding *
"A wide range of fascinating examples and enlightening facts."---Andy Overall, Field Mycology
"[This book] will serve as a great introduction to many naturalists wanting to know more about this unique and bizarre kingdom and hopefully will then lead onto reading more academic texts. The future is fungi."---Roy Stewart, British Naturalists Association
"[General] readers will find much to learn about these environmentally critical organisms. ... Highly recommended."---D.H. Pfister, CHOICE
"Detailed, yet accessible . . . a fascinating exploration of the mysterious and often hidden world of fungi."---Carol Gridley, ABC Gardening Australia
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