- Hardcover: 424 pages
- Publisher: CRC Press; Rev Exp edition (May 14, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0824742443
- ISBN-13: 978-0824742447
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
Publication Date: May 14, 2003 | ISBN-10: 0824742443 | ISBN-13: 978-0824742447 | Edition: Rev Exp
Adopting the novel approach of viewing the role of fungi from the perspective of ecosystem functions, this book examines the importance of fungi in soil formation, plant primary production, sustenance of secondary producers, and regulation of plant and animal populations and communities. This volume emphasizes the idea that fungi are not alone in the regulation of these processes. It addresses the main processes occurring in ecosystems and showing where and how fungi are critical, and enables readers to gain a better understanding of the role of fungi in shaping ecosystems. "Fungi in Ecosystem Processes" considers the negative impact of fungi on faunal productivity and includes more than 1200 citations.
[T]he synthesis and distillation of such a huge volume of information in disparate publications achieved here represents a major scholarly achievement, and the author is to be congratulated on covering a field that few would contemplate tackling even as editors of multi-authored volumes. Further, he writes with both authority and passion. All mycologists involved in teaching, or requiring ammunition to argue the case for the importance of fungi, should obtain access to a copy.
- David Hawksworth, Mycological Research, Jan. 2004