Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Intraorganismic Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Jacqueline A. Servin, Asharie J. Campbell, Katherine A. Borkovich
      Pages 21-38
    3. Maria C. Bertolini, Fernanda Z. Freitas, Renato M. de Paula, Fernanda B. Cupertino, Rodrigo D. Goncalves
      Pages 39-55
    4. Elizabeth A. Hutchison, N. Louise Glass
      Pages 115-138
  3. Interorganismic Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Zdena Palková, Libuse Váchová
      Pages 141-154
    3. Silvia Polaino, Alexander Idnurm
      Pages 171-188
    4. Kenneth W. Nickerson, Audrey L. Atkin, Jessica C. Hargarten, Ruvini Pathirana, Sahar Hasim
      Pages 189-204
  4. Transorganismic Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Danielle M. Troppens, John P. Morrissey
      Pages 207-218
    3. Rusty J. Rodriguez, Marilyn Roossinck
      Pages 219-227
    4. Aurélie Deveau, Jonathan M. Plett, Valérie Legué, Pascale Frey-Klett, Francis Martin
      Pages 229-247
    5. Eli J. Borrego, Michael V. Kolomiets
      Pages 249-260
    6. Andrey A. Aver’yanov, Tatiana A. Belozerskaya, Natalia N. Gessler
      Pages 261-271
    7. Massimo Reverberi, Anna A. Fabbri, Corrado Fanelli
      Pages 273-290
    8. Katharyn J. Affeldt, Nancy P. Keller
      Pages 291-303
    9. Drion G. Boucias, Verena-Ulrike Lietze, Peter Teal
      Pages 305-336
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 337-343

About this book


Fungi are sessile, highly sensitive organisms that actively compete for environmental resources both above and below the ground. They assess their surroundings, estimate how much energy they need for particular goals, and then realise the optimum variant. They take measures to control certain environmental resources. They perceive themselves and can distinguish between ‘self’ and ‘non-self’. They process and evaluate information and then modify their behaviour accordingly.

These highly diverse competences show us that this is possible owing to sign(aling)-

mediated communication processes within fungal cells (intraorganismic), between the same, related and different fungal species (interorganismic), and between fungi and non-fungal organisms (transorganismic). Intraorganismic communication involves sign-mediated interactions within cells (intracellular) and between cells (intercellular). This is crucial in coordinating growth and development, shape and dynamics. Such communication must function both on the local level and between widely separated mycelium parts. This allows fungi to coordinate appropriate response behaviors in a differentiated manner to their current developmental status and physiological influences.

This book will orientate further investigations on how fungal ecosphere inhabitants communicate with each other to coordinate their behavioral patterns and whats the role of viruses in this highly dynamic interactional networks. Additionally this book will serve as an appropriate tool to transport an integrated depiction of this fascinating kingdom.


Fungus biocommunication Interorganismic communication Intraorganismic communication Sign-mediated interactions Transorganismic communication

Editors and affiliations

  • Günther Witzany
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  1. 1.Telos - Philosophische PraxisBürmoosAustria

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