The Triumph of the Fungi: A Rotten History

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Nicholas Money is a gentleman of letters, mycologist, and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of popular science books that celebrate the diversity of the microbial world. His latest book, Nature Fast and Nature Slow: How Life Works, from Fractions of a Second to Billions of Years, was published at the height of the pandemic

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The Triumph of the Fungi: A Rotten History book pdf by Nicholas Money

This book is concerned with the most devastating fungal diseases in history. These are the plagues of trees and crop plants, caused by invisible spores that have reshaped entire landscapes and decimated human populations. Everyone is aware of the Irish potato famine, but while many other fungal diseases are less familiar, they have had similarly disastrous consequences. The Triumph of the Fungi focuses on the fascinating biology of the well-known and lesser-known diseases. It also tells the stories of the scientists involved in their study and of the people directly affected by the loss of forest trees including the chestnut, and cash crops such as coffee and cacao. Although a book about fungal epidemics isn't tailor-made for an intoxicating and uplifting read, the chronicle of the mycologists and plant pathologists engaged in combatting these diseases is one of human optimism (often encouraged by desperate eccentricity). In a surprisingly brief time, human knowledge of the fungi that infect plants has evolved from Biblical superstition to the recognition of the true nature of plant disease and, more recently, to a sense of awe for the sophistication of these organisms. The crucial issue of human culpability in these fungal epidemics is addressed in the book's closing chapter.

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