Slayers, saviours, servants and sex: Book by David Moore

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Explore the fascinating world of fungi with David Moore’s book, designed for the general reader. Fungi have a profound impact on human history; they have been both a peril and a boon, involved in everything from disease outbreaks to the production of essential goods like bread, beer, and wine. Our agriculture has battled fungal diseases since the dawn of farming, causing massive demographic shifts, such as the migration during the Irish famine triggered by a fungal disease in potatoes.

Fungi are also the source of antibiotics, sparking a revolution in healthcare and life expectancy, illustrated poignantly by the story of a policeman in 1940s England whose life was cut short by a shortage of penicillin. Beyond their role in medicine, fungi were crucial for plant life to colonize land and are nearly unparalleled in their ability to decompose wood, preventing our planet from drowning in plant debris.

This book delves into how fungi can combat plant diseases, target specific weeds, assist in environmental cleanup, and produce various chemicals. It’s a compelling call to reevaluate and appreciate fungi as indispensable allies in our lives and global ecosystems.

Discover more about the intriguing role of fungi in our Mycology Books section.

ISBN: 9780387950983
ISBN-10: 0387950982
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 21st December 2000
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27

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