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Fungi: Diversity and Biotechnology

M.K. Rai (Editor) S.K. Deshmukh (Editor)

The present book provides a broad overview of mycology. It explores the diversity of keratinophilic, marine and those involved in bio-deterioration causing losses in paper industry, and discusses role of fungal biotechnology in pulp and paper industry. Considering the sustainability of environment, ectomycorrhiza and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AMF) fungi can be applied as biofertilizers in nurseries and plantations. Moreover, answers for questions of bioremediation with special regards to handling toxic metals in wastewater, recycling of agro-wastes, etc. has been incorporated. This book would be very useful for readers of diverse disciplines including mycologist, plant pathologists, mycotechnologist, botanists, zoologists, pharmacologists, environmentalists and medical mycologists. Salient Feathers: Includes current developments in mycodiversity and biotechnology; Targets the most important issues of biotechnology; Provides new trends and innovative ideas in mycotechnology; Deals with diverse topics-fungi from soil to sea, from disease to drug potential; Focuses on eco-friendly biotechnology, viz., biofertilizers, biocontrol agents and bioremediators; Contains suitable materials for students, teachers and researchers.

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About the authors

M.K. Rai

Dr. M.K. Rai is Professor and Head of the Department of Biotechnology at Amravati University in Maharashtra, India. He has published 150 research papers, more than 100 popular articles and seven books in India and abroad. He is a member of several Scientific Societies and has been a National Scholar for Five years. He has received several prestigious awards, including the father T.A. Mathias award (1989) from the All India Association for Christian Higher Education, and the Medini award (1999) from the Department of Environment and Forest, Government of India. He also received SERC visiting fellowship by Department of Science and Technology (1996), INSA visiting fellowship by Indian National Science Academy (1998) and TWAS-UNESCO Associateship (2002), Italy. He has approximately two decades of teaching and research experience.

S.K. Deshmukh

Dr. S.K. Deshmukh is Ph.D. from Dr. H.S. Gour University, Sagar, M.P. and is presently Senior Research Scientist at the Nicholas Piramal Research Centre at Goregaon, Mumbai. Dr. Deshmukh is a mycologist by education and training and is in-charge of Microbial Culture Collection and Screening. HE has two decades of experience in Industrial research that includes development and maintenance of the culture collection of Nicholas Piramal India Ltd. And screening applicable to both pharmaceutical and agricultural section. He had been trained in the laboratories of Hoechst Pharmaceutical Ltd. Frankfurt and also at DSM and GBF, Braunsweig, Germany. He has to his credit 37 publications and has written chapters in four books published in India and three others in forthcoming titles. He is a member of several scientific societies and executive member of the Mycological Society of India.

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Title Fungi: Diversity and Biotechnology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8172334036
length xii+510p., Tables; Figures; References; 25cm.