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Fungal Ecology

  • Neville J. Dix
  • John Webster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 1-11
  3. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 12-38
  4. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 39-84
  5. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 85-127
  6. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 128-144
  7. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 145-171
  8. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 172-202
  9. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 203-224
  10. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 225-283
  11. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 284-301
  12. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
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  13. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 322-340
  14. Neville J. Dix, John Webster
    Pages 341-397
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 398-549

About this book

Introduction

Fungi play vital roles in all ecosystems, as decomposers, symbionts of animals and plants and as parasites. Thus their ecology is of great interest. It has been estimated that there may be as many as 1. 5 million species of fungi, many of which are still undescribed. These interact in various ways with their hosts, with their substrates, with their competitors (including other fungi) and with abiotic variables of their environment. They show great variation in morphology, reproduction, life cycles and modes of dispersal. They grow in almost every conceivable habitat where organic carbon is available: on rock surfaces, in soil, the sea and in fresh water, at extremes of high and low temperature, on dry substrata and in concen­ trated solutions. Fungal ecology is therefore an enormous subject and its literature is voluminous. In view of this we have had to be selective in the material we have included in this book. We have chosen to concentrate on subjects in which we have some personal experience through either research or teaching. We preferred to tackle a few subjects in depth instead of attempting to cover a wider range of topics superficially. We are conscious of the extensive gaps in coverage: for example on the ecology of lichens, of fungal plant pathogens and of the complex interactions between fungi and animals. It is some justification that book-length treatments of these subjects are available elsewhere.

Keywords

ecology

Authors and affiliations

  • Neville J. Dix
    • 1
  • John Webster
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological and Molecular SciencesUniversity of StirlingUK
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of ExeterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-0693-1
  • Copyright Information Neville J Dix and John Webster 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4299-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0693-1
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