Essential Mycology is one of its kinds. This textbook on mycology covers in concise terminology and descriptions, the basic concepts and principles of mycology. Mycology is simply defined as the study of fungi. Essential Mycology covers important topics in medical mycology in a concise fashion. The concepts of fungal culture, replication and pathogenesis are also succinctly highlighted.
Mycology is an important aspect of microbiology that is fundamental to understanding the mechanisms of pathogenic fungi in disease cause and spread. This necessitates the need to create a book that covers the elementary principles of fungi and other aspects of mycology. Essential Mycology has been developed from lectures and seminars given to both graduate and undergraduate students in mycology. The general principles of Essential Mycology are accompanied by guided reading of informative literatures and textbooks in the field of mycology as well as lessons from personal experience inside- and outside- of classroom. This book should be useful for pedagogy in mycology, as well as for faculties organizing lessons for students. Students, who wish to learn on their own, as well as scholars and researchers in the area of mycology should also, find the book interesting. Essential Mycology is one of its kinds. This textbook on mycology covers in concise terminology and descriptions, the basic concepts and principles of mycology. Mycology is simply defined as the study of fungi. Essential Mycology covers important topics in medical mycology in a concise fashion. The concepts of fungal culture, replication and pathogenesis are also succinctly highlighted. Lichens and the morphological characteristics of fungi as well as the various culture media for fungal studies and processes related to the study of fungi are highlighted in this textbook. Though Essential Mycology is never intended to act as an encyclopedia of fungi or mycology – as it will take hundreds of volumes of books to do so; it has succinctly explored several fundamental areas of mycology including but not limited to fungal structures, fungal classification, fungal pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis or detection of fungi from both clinical and environmental samples, as well as cultivation and economic importance of fungi. Essential Mycology is good for every pedagogical application and research undertakings in the area of mycological studies; and microbiologists in the healthcare sector, industry, environment, government and academic sector will also find the book a wonderful companion for teaching, research and learning. It has a question and glossary section which has defined in simpler terms some of the basic phrases encountered in the field of mycology. Essential Mycology gives a detailed and concise explanation of the different types of mycoses (fungal infections) and the causative fungal agents implicated. The first chapter of Essential Mycology looks at introductory mycology. Chapter two of the book addresses medical mycology and fungal features. Chapter three of Essential Mycology looks at fungal morphology. Chapter four of the book highlights fungal taxonomy. Chapter five of Essential Mycology addresses fungal reproduction and structures. Chapter six of the book looks at the overview of fungal infections (mycoses). Chapter seven addresses mycotoxins and laboratory diagnosis of fungal infections. Chapter eight of the book looks at lichens and their biological significance. Chapter nine of Essential Mycology looks at an overview of mushroom farming. Chapter ten of the book addresses an overview of antifungal agents used for the treatment, control and management of fungal infections.