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The Fifth Kingdom [Paperback]

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Pages   386
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2001
Publisher   Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company
ISBN  1585100226  
EAN  9781585100224  

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"The Fifth Kingdom, Third Edition, " is a compact but comprehensive encyclopedia of all things pertaining to mycology. Bryce Kendrick, a world-renowned mycologist, explores every aspect of the fungi, from aflatoxin to zoospores, with an accessible blend of verve and wit.

The 24 chapters are filled with up-to-date information on classification, yeasts, lichens, spore dispersal, allergies, ecology, genetics, plant pathology, predatory fungi, biological control, mutualistic symbioses with animals and plants, fungi as food, food spoilage and mycotoxins, poisonous and hallucinogenic fungi, medical mycology, antibiotics and organ transplants. Personal anecdotes drawn from a lifetime of involvement with fungi, and a comprehensive glossary make this a perfect introduction to the kingdom of the fungi.

The author's website contains many color photographs of the fungi in the book.

An accompanying CD-ROM is available from the author through his website: http: //

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bryce Kendrick has studied fungi for 55 years, during most of which he was a professor at the University of Waterloo. He has authored over 300 mycological publications, including several books. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1979, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1981. He received the 'Distinguished Mycologist' award of the Mycological Society of America in 1995, and was elected a Centenary Fellow of the British Mycological Society in 1996. In May 2001 he was the invited keynote speaker at the Mycological Society of Japan annual meeting in Tokyo, and in June 2001 received the Lawson Medal of the Canadian Botanical Association for lifetime contributions. As one of four authors, he has just helped complete a 1,000-page book "The Genera of Hyphomycetes" and a somewhat smaller book "The Outer Spores: The Mushrooms of Haida Gwaii."

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Excellent texts gets better  Dec 29, 2007
The fungi are a unique group: diverse, fascinating, destructive as well as beneficial, sometimes almost impossible to kill, and still mostly unknown. It is estimated that of the 100,000 described fungi that this represents only one-tenth of the actual species.

I've read a number of books on the fungi over the years, starting back in the mid-80s, and this is the best text I've seen. It's well written, interesting, the coverage is broad as well as deep, and it's technical without becoming ponderous and unreadable.

The fungi are a fascinating group. They are hard to kill with antibiotics because of their polymer xylan cell wall. They reproduce in odd ways, often forming hundreds of nuclei prior to mitosis. They can produce carcinogenic compounds such as beta aflatoxins that infect rice and peanut butter and can cause esophogeal cancer, which is common in China.

Stachybotrys atra can cause centeral nervous system damage. The laboulbeniomycetes is an entirely parasitic group that attacks insects. Fungi such as cordyceps and auricularia have been used for centuries in Chinese herbal medicine. Auricularia in particular has been found to be helpful for heart ailments and is being further researched in the west. Mycoplasmas are the smallest organisms known that have a cell wall, and can cause disease in humans. Then there's the famous ergot fungus that can infect cereal grains. The fungus produces an alkaloid that causes powerful vasoconstriction that cuts off circulation to the extremities, causing gangrene. Said to be one of the most painful ways to die, the victims died screaming in agony. It sometimes killed entire villages during the Middle Ages. Hypogeous fungi (meaning "below ground"), such as the famous perigord truffle, a type of ascomycete, are considered delicacies, as well as many club fungi or basidiomycetes.

By the way, one should never try to gather mushrooms for consumption by simply buying a field manual and reading a book. Many poisonous or even deadly mushrooms, and edible ones, look alike. You will need extensive training under a skilled and experienced expert or professional mycologist before you attempt this on your own. I received my training under the late, great Prof. Harry Thiers, and was glad I did.

The CD that comes with the book is also very worthwhile, containing many photos and videos. The fungi are a uniquely fascinating group, and this book is the best way of the many books I've seen over the years to get an enjoyable and well rounded and rigorous introduction to the subject.
Excellent text on Fungi  May 12, 2007
Readible -- easy to use indeependent of a classroom experience. The CD that is available with this is a worthwhile supplement. (Google it if this site does not make the CD available)
Great Companion Book  Jan 5, 2007
This is a great book especially as a companion to Mushrooms Demystified! The illustrations of the life cycles are helpful in studying for mycology exams!! Easy to read, not over my head as university senior. Recommended.
Know Your Fungi  Jun 21, 2004
A lot of this book is about fungi reproduction, and therefore, fungi sex -- although a lot of reproduction is anamorphic (asexual). Currently, there are over 100,000 fungi described scientifically (over 10,000 species of mushrooms), but Dr. Kendrik estimates that this is less than one tenth of the Earth's mycota (fungi). This book, of course, does not discuss all 100,000 fungi. It discusses fungi classifications, and some of the most important fungi.

Fungi is omnipresent and includes mushrooms, yeasts, lichens (a combination of fungus and alga) - but it does not include slime moulds, which are basically amoeboid (without a cell wall) and do not produce hyphae. Some fungi can grow almost any place, withstanding great temperature extremes. Other fungi is so specialized it grows parasitically on the exoskeletons of certain insects. The first half of this book talks about where fungi live; what they eat; what they look like to the naked eye, and microscopically; their genetic make-up, down to DNA and RNA sequencing, and how those genes are passed on - from sex to airborne sporulation.

The second half of the book is much easier to understand, but as Dr. Kendrick points out, it helps to read the first part to understand the second part. There is a section on fungi that attack plants and fugicides used in agriculture. Don't think all fungi are bad - there is also a section on how fungi can be used as a biocontrol against insects and weeds. The last chapter talks about the commercial use of fungi, with the obvious important nod to Penicillium notatum. Cyclosporine is another important drug developed from fungi. Aspergillus niger is used to manufacture citric acid.

The sections on how fungi exploit plants and animals - - and how plants and animals exploit fungi - is fascinating. Did you know that some leaf-cutting ants and termites actually grow fungi? Some of those huge termite nests have mushroom rooms. Some plants cannot live without fungi that manufacture important nutrients for the plants.

The relationship between man and fungi is sometimes deadly, and sometimes life saving. One thing I took away from this book is to never, ever eat mushrooms from the wild unless I am absolutely certain what those are. Some deadly mushrooms look almost identical to very delicious mushrooms. Dr. Kendrick sets forth treatments for several types of mushroom poisoning. It's important to note that most of the time, mushroom poisoning doesn't show up for some time - 24 hours or more.
Dr. Kendrick also discusses an issue that I was confused about after reading the Institute of Medicine's "Damp Indoor Spaces and Mold" (May 25, 2004). The IOM did not find a correlation between mold exposure and cancer, but I was having trouble reconciling that with what I knew - that certain molds produce aflatoxins that are toxinogenic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic. It turns out that these are not conflicting views at all, since Dr. Kendrick describes these effects from eating molds that produce aflatoxins. For example, in the 1930's in the Ukraine, horses developed deadly stachybotryotoxicosis from eating contaminated hay. Of course, why would people eat contaminated food? Sometimes, it has been unwittingly, such as medieval peasants eating rye contaminated with the ergot fungus, causing St. Anthony's Fire. Other times, food shortages left people with no other choice. In some cases, such as happened with the people in Lin Xian, China, moldy bread tasted good (not so odd when you think about eating Roquefort cheese).

3rd Editon The Fifth Kingdom 2001  Mar 13, 2002
The Fifth Kingdom is indeed an excellent treatment on the fungi kingdom. A lively text makes this topic approachable to most. I would also highly recommend the CDROM Dr. Kendrick has produced to go with the text. Over 3000 colour images and animations have been included which really brings the topic to life. He has placed many of these chapters online at his site mycolog com . I would recommend a visit there to anyone who would like to learn more about either the text or CD.

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