Recognizing and discriminating between fungal populations and the genetical processes that accompany them, including speciation is now a rapidly developing field that is heavily dependent upon the use of molecular markers. There was no basic text on this subject, John Burnett has provided such an account. The text describes the methodologies employed and, for the benefit of those without a background in mycology, a brief introduction to basic fungal biology. Recent findings relating to processes in fungal populations - mutation, migration, recombination, heterokaryosis, hybridization, polyploidy, and the operation of selective forces are combined with traditional fungal biology. Finally the taxonomic problems raised by fungal species are discussed, together with the processes of speciation.
Fungal Populations and Species is rightly set to become another classic text for anyone with even a passing curiosity for this unique group of organisms. Mycological Research In this book, John Burnett has skilfully brought together in a unique fashion, his highly insightful view on the development and changing opinions on the ecodynamics of the fungal population as new methodologies have been developed and applied and new knowledge gained. That he has done so in such an open and comprehensible manner that does not exclude the non-specialist whilst also representing a highly desirable resource for the experienced mycologist is to his great credit. Mycological Research Throughout the text, considerable care and thought has been given to amplifying potentially difficult concepts, taxonomical terms and nomenclature in a clear and understandable way and the end of each chapter is supported with a highly useful and relevant list for further reading. Mycological Research This book, by one of our most experienced fungal geneticists is both timely and welcome ... lucidly written, well-presented, and illustrated by clear line drawings. It should be studied by all mycologists working around the species level, whether from systematic or applied standpoints ... It deserves to be a mycological best-seller, and should be a priority purchase order for universities and research centres concerned with evolutionary or population biology or genetics, as well as with mycology. Mycotaxon
Number Of Pages: 362
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 19.5 x 0.2
Weight (kg): 0.97