Item description for Mushroom Biology: Concise Basics and Current Developments by Philip G. Miles & Shu-Ting Chang...
Provides an introduction to Mushroom biology and discusses classification of mushrooms. Covers the biology of fungi - the structure, chemical composition of fungal cells, growth, and genetics. Deals with mushroom biotechnology and covers recent developments in mushroom biology.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9810228775 ISBN13 9789810228774
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More About Philip G. Miles & Shu-Ting Chang
Philip G. Miles has an academic affiliation as follows - The State Univeristy of New York, Buffalo, USA.
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An Excellent Textbook Nov 3, 2001
Miles and Chang have done a great service to all students and aspiring mushroom cultivators with the publication of Mushroom Biology. This small, information dense book covers all aspects of mushroom cultivation, from the biology of mushroom development to the science underlying cultivation. As such, it is the perfect textbook for an upper level undergraduate course specifically focused on edible mushrooms.
The book approaches the mushroom largely from a theoretical and conceptual standpoint and is divided into four parts. The first part introduces the edible mushroom by elaborating its role and importance to man and the environment. The second part delves deeply into the biology and genetics of the edible mushroom. Here, the reader learns much about the classification of fungi, the biology of the fungi, the nutritional and environmental requirements of the fungi as organisms, and most importantly, the genetics and breeding of the edible fungi. The third part of the book covers mushroom production and is divided into three chapters which delve concisely into the phases of mushroom cultivation and aspects of biotechnology related to mushroom production leading up to the present time. The fourth part of the book briefly details current developments in mushroom cultivation focusing specifically on Asia. The fifth and final part of the book provides the reader with a long and useful list of references as well as cultivation parameters for many of the known, edible mushrooms.
Although this book is not nearly as detailed as Miles and Chang's previous publication, Edible Mushrooms and Their Cultivation (CRC Press 1989- no longer in print), it can serve as an excellent starting point for students and aspiring cultivators. The book's major strength is its introduction and definition of terminology common to mycology and mushroom cultivation. While there is not a lot of information on cultivation techniques per se, the scientific basis for the techniques is brilliantly and concisely explained. For those individuals who desire detailed information on the cultivation of mushrooms, books such as The Mushroom Cultivator and Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, both by mushroom guru and eco-activist extraordinaire Paul Stamets will provide more than enough information.
Readers of this book will find that it will enable them to speak intelligently about mushrooms from both a theoretical and an applied standpoint. For those individuals wishing to develop a detailed knowledge of the fundamental concepts involved in mushroom cultivation, this book can not be beat.
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