Fungal Biology 4e
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Fungal Biology is the fully updated new edition of this undergraduate text, covering all major areas of fungal biology and providing insights into many topical areas.

  • Provides insights into many topical areas such as fungal ultrastructure and the mechanisms of fungal growth, important fungal metabolites and the molecular techniques used to study fungal populations.
  • Focuses on the interactions of fungi that form the basis for developing biological control agents, with several commercial examples of the control of insect pests and plant diseases.
  • Emphasises the functional biology of fungi, with examples from recent research.
  • Includes a clear illustrative account of the features and significance of the main fungal groups.


Jim Deacon is Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, and has 35 years of teaching experience in the field of plant–microbe–fungal interactions. He has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, been an invited keynote speaker at international symposia and congresses around the world, and acted as consultant to biotechnology companies.



1 Introduction: the fungi and fungal activities.

2 The diversity of fungi and fungus-like organisms.

3 Fungal structure and ultrastructure.

4 Fungal growth.

5 Differentiation and development.

6 Fungal nutrition.

7 Fungal metabolism and fungal products.

8 Environmental conditions for growth, and tolerance of extremes.

9 Fungal genetics, molecular genetics, and genomics.

10 Fungal spores, spore dormancy, and spore dispersal.

11 Fungal ecology: saprotrophs.

12 Fungal interactions: mechanisms and practical exploitation.

13 Fungal symbiosis.

14 Fungi as plant pathogens.

15 Fungal parasites of insects and nematodes.

16 "The moulds of man".

17 Principles and practice of controlling fungal growth.

Systematic Index.

General Index


“It is the best textbook available for a comprehensive view of the fungi and their importance to the human condition.”
Robert Roberson, Arizona State University<!--end-->

"...fully updated and expanded, and can still (or even better now) serve as an excellent textbook for students."
Persoonia, June 2006

"My very positive impression of this book has prompted me to prescribe it as the text for the undergraduate mycology paper at the University of Otago. I think the book will inspire students by giving them an appreciation of the wide scope of experimental mycology, and I would thoroughly recommend it to readers who want a thorough expose of the wonderful world of fungi."
New Zealand Journal of Botany