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Triumph of the Fungi: A Rotten History

Nicholas P. 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 book focuses on the fascinating biology of the well- and lesser-known diseases, and tells the stories of the scientists involved in their study and of the people directly impacted by the loss of forest trees like the chestnu ... More

Keywords: plagues, potato famine, chestnut, coffee, cacao, mycologists, plant pathologists, Biblical superstition, microbes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189711
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas P. Money, author
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio