The Kingdom of Fungi

The Kingdom of Fungi

Jens H. Petersen

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0691157545

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The fungi realm has been called the "hidden kingdom," a mysterious world populated by microscopic spores, gigantic mushrooms and toadstools, and a host of other multicellular organisms ranging widely in color, size, and shape. The Kingdom of Fungi provides an intimate look at the world's astonishing variety of fungi species, from cup fungi and lichens to truffles and tooth fungi, clubs and corals, and jelly fungi and puffballs. This beautifully illustrated book features more than 800 stunning color photographs as well as a concise text that describes the biology and ecology of fungi, fungal morphology, where fungi grow, and human interactions with and uses of fungi.

The Kingdom of Fungi is a feast for the senses, and the ideal reference for naturalists, researchers, and anyone interested in fungi.

  • Reveals fungal life as never seen before
  • Features more than 800 stunning color photos
  • Describes fungal biology, morphology, distribution, and uses
  • A must-have reference book for naturalists and researchers

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that are sold are harvested in nature. Gomphus clavatus, Sweden (JV, × 3) Cantharellus pallens, Denmark (× 2) 150 tHe BaSIdIomycota—cHanterelleS Craterellus cornucopioides, Denmark (× 1.5) Clavulina craterelloides, Ecuador (× 2) 151 152 kanTareller Gomphus floccosus, Bhutan (× 4) The BasidiomycoTa – tHe BaSIdIomycota—cHanterelleS Cantharellus cibarius is the name most commonly used for the yellow chanterelles picked, sold, and eaten in temperate and subtropical parts of the world.

or spines, which are again covered by the hymenium. To enable the spores to disperse freely, the teeth are positioned vertically. There are also fungi with teeth and spines among the corticioid fungi. These, however, form flat fruiting bodies, typically attached to dead wood (see page 106). Hydnellum aurantiacum, Bhutan (× 10) 154 tHe BaSIdIomycota—tootH fungI Hydnellum ferrugineum, Finland (× 3) Hydnum repandum, Denmark (× 3) 155 tHe BaSIdIomycota—tootH fungI Many tooth fungi,

common fungi in damp buildings and are thus some of the more potentially allergenic. Cladosporium sp., Denmark (× 500) 29 tHe Perfect ImPerfectS All major groups of fungi can produce asexual states. Although the molds of the Ascomycota are the most common in buildings and on foods, the Zygomycota are also often present. These often form very characteristic structures that resemble small pins, with the spores contained in spherical heads (called sporangia). ucor sp., De er of M nma tain rk n

cushion-shaped stromata, p. 75 Flask Fungi with club-shaped stromata, p. 75 rui t ith p o ibo die wd e sw ith ry s p spo ores Puffballs and Earth-Stars, p. 172 re p ow de ra t th et op Mazaedioid fungi, p. 94 44 Laboulbeniomycetes, p. 100 Truffles, p. 98 Operculate cup fungi, p. 53 Inoperculate cup fungi, p. 64 e, c larg Morels, p. 52 a -sh ear spa tula - sh ape d to up,m ped , Inoperculate cup fungi, p. 60 mo stly on dea d pla nts Fruiting body with a smooth or

body may contain a layer of algae below the hymenium. See more on lichens on page 218. Thallus of Melanelia fuliginosa, Denmark (× 3) 88 Thallus of Peltigera praetextata, Sweden (× 1) The fruiTbody—lichens 89 90 91 tHe aScomycota—dIScolIcHenS Mixed alpine lichens, some with dark, disk-shaped fruiting bodies, Austria (× 1) Dibaeis cf. columbiana with gelatinous pink fruiting bodies, montane Ecuador (× 2) Although lichens may tolerate very harsh and dry habitats (the extreme being

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