Preface. 1. Agricultural mycology. 2. Understanding mycology. 3. Fungal diseases of plants. 4. Biological control of fungal diseases. 5. Plant pathogens. 6. Physiology: plant growth and development. 7. The growth hormone in plants. 8. Plant-water relations. 9. Mycotoxicology -- a systems approach. Bibliography. Index.
Mycology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of fungi, including their genetic and biochemical properties, their taxonomy and their use to humans as a source for tinder, medicinal (e.g., penicillin), food (e.g., beer, wine, cheese, edible mushrooms) and enthoeogens, as well as their dangers, such as poisoning or infection. From mycology arose the field of phytopathology, the study of plant diseases, and the two disciplines remain closely related because the vast majority of plant pathogens are fungi. A biologist who studies mycology is called a mycologist. Pioneer mycoloists included Elias Magnus Fries., Christian Hendrik Persoon, Anton de Bary and Lewis David von Schweinitz. Today the most comprehensivly studied and understood fungi are yeasts and eukaryotic model organisms Saccharomyces cerevisiae and schizosaccharomyces pombe. The book will guide the research workers, students of plant protection who desire a catch up test on plant protection.