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Fungal Diversity and Biotechnology

K R Aneja (Author) R S Mehrotra (Author)

Fungal Diversity and Biotechnology is well illustrated and written in a simple and lucid style in accordance with modern taxonomic proposals, providing clear explanation of the structure, life cycle, reproduction, classification and importance of fungi, one of the most diverse groups of living organisms. In addition to their role as pathogens of economically important plants and humans, their biotechnological applications emphasizing their role as saprotrophs and in bioremediation of polluted soils, their use as biocontrol agents and inoculants in agriculture and their practical applications from the preparation of foods and beverages to drug production are clearly described. Modern topics such as fungal genetics and alternative genetic systems in fungi are also covered. Each chapter ends with review questions and selected references.

This book will be invaluable for post-graduate, graduate and honours students, research workers and teachers of Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany, Plant Pathology and Pharmacy. In addition to the B.Tech. students of Engineering, it will also be of interest to those working in microbial ecology, molecular biology, cultivation of edible mushrooms and those looking for up-to-date information and require an overview of the traditional and more recent applications of molds, yeasts and mushrooms and insight into potential areas of their future use.

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About the authors

K R Aneja

Dr. K.R. Aneja is a Professor and Chairman, Department of Microbiology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. He has a vast PG teaching and research experience of 36 years of which more than 9 years as a Chairman of the Department. As a researcher, Dr. Aneja has handled 6 major research projects sponsored by UGC, Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi and DFID, UK. He has guided several M.Phil and Ph.D. students and published over 135 research papers and reviews in International and National journals of repute and contributes regularly to magazines highlighting the importance of microbes to society. He is a reviewer of International and National journals.

He is an active member of over 9 National and International Societies. He has attended many conferences, presented invited papers, and chaired technical sessions in some of them. In addition, he has also organized an International Conference in 1997. He is a recipient of INSA-Royal Society, Academic Exchange Fellowship and is a Fellow of four Societies: Indian Botanical Society, Indian Phytopathological Society, Indian Mycological Society and Society of Biocontrol Advancement. He was the Recorder of Plant Sciences Section of the Indian Science Congress (ISCA) (2008-2009). He is an awardee of Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2009) and Best Citizens of India Award (2010).

Dr. Aneja has authored/edited five books entitled From Ethnomycology to Fungal Biotechnology  (with J. Singh) published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, USA; Glimpses in Plant Sciences (with M.U. Charaya, Ashok Aggarwal, D.K. Hans, S.A. Khan) published by Pragati Prakashan, Meerut; An Introduction to Mycology (with R.S. Mehrotra) published by Wiley Eastern Ltd., New Delhi); Experiments in Microbiology, Plant Pathology and Biotechnology (now in 4th edition) and A Textbook of Basic and Applied Microbiology (with Pranay Jain and R. Aneja) published by  New Age International Publishers, New Delhi.

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R S Mehrotra

Dr. R.S. Mehrotra is a Ph.D. from the University of Saugor (now Dr. Hari Singh Gour University). He retired as Professor of Botany, Kurukshetra University in the year 1997. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada (1968-1970) and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Riverside, USA (1979). He has vast teaching and research experience of more than 35 years. Dr. Mehrotra and his research associates have done work on various aspects of Soil Microbiology (including root diseases), post-harvest diseases, toxins and enzymes involved in host pathogenesis and biological control of plant pathogens. He has published around 200 research papers in Indian and Foreign journals. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, Fellow of the Indian Botanical Society, Fellow of the Indian Phytopathological Society and Fellow of the Indian Mycological Society. He was the President of Indian Phytopathological Society (1990), President of the Indian Society of Plant Pathologists (1992), President of the Mycological Society of India (1996), President of Botany Section of the Indian Science Congress (1997), and was the recipient of the Birbal Sahni Gold Medal of the Indian Botanical Society in the year 1998.

Dr. Mehrotra has authored 4 books—An Introduction to Mycology with Prof. K.R. Aneja, published by Wiley Eastern, New Delhi;  Plant Pathology  co-authored with Prof. Ashok Aggarwal, published by Tata McGraw Hill Education Private Limited and a monograph entitled Phytophthora Diseases in India published by Bishen Singh and Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun; Principles of Microbiology co-authored with Prof. Geeta Sumbali, published by Tata McGraw Hill Education Private Limited, New Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Fungal Diversity and Biotechnology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.03.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788122430486
length xxviii+708p., 4p. of Plates; Illustrations; 25cm.