Plant Pathology Department


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Published in The Quarterly Review of Biology. Volume 78, Issue 1, Page 100–101, March 2003. Published by University of Chicago Press for the American Society of Naturalists. Copyright 2003. Used by permission.


Numerous publications, books, and textbooks are available that treat the subject of developmental biology. Far less is available detailing the fungi, an important group of organisms that have implications in a broad variety of contexts from medical to agricultural to food, and of course as model systems for “higher” eukaryotes. This nicely edited book by Osiewacz is an attempt to fill that gap. He has compiled an impressive list of authors, who represent leaders in their respective fields. This gives readers a detailed and current view of a broad array of fungal processes and lifestyles, ranging from saprophytes to pathogens of both plants and animals to symbionts. This volume contains 20 articles that review research from a broad base of fields relating to fungal developmental biology. They are grouped in two major sections: Basic Developmental Processes (11 chapters) and Interactions of Fungi with Different Hosts (nine chapters).