IIIustrative Morphology of Agriculturally Important Fungi

By: T.Prameela Devi and Deeba Kamil
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ISBN: 9789391734091
Year: 2023
Binding: Hardbound
Language: English
Total Pages: 272

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Fungi are ubiquitous and cosmopolitan in distribution. Fungi are non-chlorophyllus organisms that occur in diversified habitats as saprophytes and parasites. Fungi are the second species-rich organism group after Insects. It is more challenging to complete the fungal inventory as compared to other organisms such as plants. Fungi play an important role in decomposition, industry, agriculture, medicine, biotechnology and other related aspects of human welfare. The fungal flora is rich and diverse. Today around 140,000 fungal species are reported from the world. 
Edible mushrooms are cooked and eaten directly. Bread, cheese and various other foods, alcoholic beverages, chemicals, medicines are products of microbial activities of yeast, Aspergillus, Penicillium and other fungi. Some fungi however, attack directly plants, animals and human beings causing diseases. Some fungi are often poisonous and carcinogenic, excrete toxins and contaminating foods.  Fungi inhaled occasionally inside houses and building or in the fields cause asthma and allergenic troubles. Some fungi are useful, influencing our lives directly or indirectly, but most fungi live under soil conditions separate from our life and we do not understand their usability. Some fungi are causing devastating diseases in different crops in the fields and post harvest situations resulting heavy monitory losses. 
In this book, the morphological illustrations were depicted for identification of different groups of agriculturally important fungi isolated from soil, seeds and plant materials. Many of these fungi influence the plant growth and there by its yield. Descriptions and photo-micrographs of theses fungi are helpful for identification of fungi and there by disease diagnosis. However only few books are available with pictorial morphological descriptions for different groups of fungi. In the plant pathological fields, Mycological studies are prerequisite to determining the causal agents of the diseases, including isolations, preservation, classification and identification. 
The fungi illustrated in this book were isolated, purified and persevered during their morphological characterization studies. Many of the given fungi are the important plant pathogens but some of them are not pathogenic to plants. Theses saprophytic fungi have been studied to find effective biocontrol agents among them. Since biocontrol practices are being used widely in the current scenario of organic farming to control plant diseases, many of biocontrol fungal species have been included in this publication. In this book, 195 species of fungi that have been studied mycologically were described with illustrations. 
Only a few references or monographs are available on morphological characterization of different groups of fungi. Therefore, this book may be of greater importance to students, academicians and researchers.