From Another Kingdom: The Amazing World of Fungi
edited by Lynne Boddy and Max Coleman
Fungi have a long history of association with death, decay, and dark malevolent forces. They also cause serious economic loss through diseases of plant crops in particular. They can easily be cast as the “monster.” Contrary to this negative image, fungi are at the heart of crucial “life-support” processes. For example, decomposition releases nutrients for reuse; fungi really are the ultimate recyclers.
Written for the non-specialist, and making full use of the extraordinary diversity and beauty of fungi through stunning images, this book provides a fascinating introduction to a group of organisms whose growing habits keep them largely out of sight, overlooked and forgotten. The reality is that there is much for which fungi should be thanked.
From Another Kingdom: The Amazing World of Fungi is included on our New Books List for October 3, 2011.