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Introduction to Fungi

S. Sundara Rajan (Author)
Synopsis Fungi constitute an important group of cryptogams whose study is essential for all the students of Botany. Fungi constitute an integral part of the biological spectrum having far reaching influence on other components of environment. From the point of human beings fungi are both friends as well as foes. In the evolutionary hierarchy of plants, fungi occupy a pivotal position as they pave the path for structural and functional adaptations of plants at the basic level without the help of photosynthetic mechanism. A detailed study of fungi is a part and parcel of the curriculum for the students of Botany at the undergraduate and post graduate level. An introduction to Fungi is a text book meant for undergraduate students studying botany. The format of the book has been prepared in such a way that students of all Indian Universities can use this book. Post graduate students also will find the book useful for their studies. The book consists of fourteen chapters. Chapter one deals with the general characters of fungi. While chapter two deals with the slime molds which are regarded as mixed fungi. Chapters 3 to 6 deal with different classes of fungi including life history study of several important members. There are separate chapters on Bacteria, Viruses, Mycoplasma etc. as they form a part of the study along with fungi. The book also has a chapter on fungi and human welfare. A Detailed account of Lichens is given in chapter 14.
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About the author

S. Sundara Rajan

Dr. S. Sundara Rajan obtained the D.Sc. degree in Botany from the University of Mysore, specializing in plant morphology. He has been teaching and conducting research in Botany for the past 33 years. Currently, he is the Head of the Post-graduate Department of Botany, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore. Dr. Sundara Rajan’s research interests include plant morphology, physiology, genetics and evolution. He has published over 40 research papers in National and International Journals and has authored more than a dozen books on botany published by leading publishers of India. Dr. Sundara Rajan has traveled abroad widely and has presented papers in many International Conferences. He has contributed several invited articles to many books and encyclopaedias. Presently, his research interests include tracing the history of botany in ancient India, on which he has published about half a dozen papers. Dr. Sundara Rajan has received many research awards and grants. Recently, he has been given the state award for being the best college teacher in Science by the Government of Karnataka.

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Bibliographic information

Title Introduction to Fungi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8126107146
length viii+299p., Figs; Illustrations; 23cm.