The Fungal Community: Its Organization and Role in the Ecosystem, Third Edition

Edited by John Dighton, James F White Jr. and Peter Oudemans 
CRC Press  2005  

Hardback  960 pp  ISBN 9780824723552      £96.00
  • Bridges the gaps between ecological concepts and mycology
  • Provides insight into the complexity of studying fungal communities and the importance they may have on broad, ecosystem, landscape, and local scales
  • Promotes the future study of new aspects of mycology, with the contributing authors often including controversial, thought-provoking material
  • Offers a framework for integrating fungal activity over spatial and temporal scales of resolution
  • Demonstrates new molecular and microscopic methods for analyzing fungal structure and function

The Fungal Community: Its Organization and Role in the Ecosystem, Third Edition addresses many of the questions related to the observations, characterizations, and functional attributes of fungal assemblages and their interaction with the environment and other organisms. This edition promotes awareness of the functional methods of classification over taxonomic methods, and approaches the concept of fungal communities from an ecological perspective, rather than from a fungicentric view. It has expanded to examine issues of global and local biodiversity, the problems associated with exotic species, and the debate concerning diversity and function.

The third edition also focuses on current ecological discussions - diversity and function, scaling issues, disturbance, and invasive species - from a fungal perspective. In order to address these concepts, the book examines the appropriate techniques to identify fungi, calculate their abundance, determine their associations among themselves and other organisms, and measure their individual and community function. This book explains attempts to scale these measures from the microscopic cell level through local, landscape, and ecosystem levels. The totality of the ideas, methods, and results presented by the contributing authors points to the future direction of mycology.


John Dighton, James F. White, Jr., and Peter Oudemans

Structure of Fungal Communities
Linking Function between Scales of Resolution
S.J. Morris and G.P. Robertson

Fungal Communities: Their Diversity and Distribution
David L. Hawksworth and Gregory M. Mueller

Freshwater Fungal Communities
Felix Bärlocher

Marine Fungal Communities
Tamar Kis-Papo

Tropical Fungi
Kevin D. Hyde, Lei Cai, and Rajesh Jeewon

Lichens and Microfungi in Biological Soil Crusts: Community Structure, Physiology, and Ecological Functions
Jayne Belnap and Otto L. Lange

Mycorrhizal Fungi in Successional Environments: A Community Assembly Model Incorporating Host Plant, Environmental, and Biotic Filters
Ari Jumpponen and Louise M. Egerton-Warburton

Fungal Communities: Relation to Resource Succession
Jean-Francois Ponge

Emerging Perspectives on the Ecological Roles of Endophytic Fungi
in Tropical Plants
S.A. Van Bael, Z. Maynard, E. Rojas, L.C. Mejia, D.A. Kyllo, and E.A. Herre, N. Robbins, J.F. Bischoff, and A.E. Arnold

Classical Methods and Modern Analysis for Studying Fungal Diversity
John Paul Schmit and D. Jean Lodge

Fungal Diversity in Molecular Terms: Profiling, Identification, and
Quantification in the Environment
Martin I. Bidartondo and Monique Gardes

Analytical and Experimental Methods for Estimating Population Genetic Structure of Fungi
Jiasui Zhan and Bruce A. McDonald

Interspecific Interaction Terminology: From Mycology to General Ecology
Amy R. Tuininga

Fungal Activity as Determined by Microscale Methods with Special
Emphasis on Interactions with Heavy Metals
Katarzyna Turnau and Ingrid Kottke

Exploring Fungal Activity with Confocal and Multiphoton Microscopy
Kirk J. Czymmek

Enzymatic Activities of Mycelia in Mycorrhizal Fungal Communities
Björn D. Lindahl, Roger D. Finlay, and John W.G. Cairney

Fungal Enzymes at the Community Scale
Robert L. Sinsabaugh

Using Isotopic Tracers to Follow Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling of Fungi
Erik A. Hobbie

Diversity-Functioning Relationships in Ectomycorrhizal Fungal
James W. Baxter and John Dighton

Fungi, Bacteria, and Viruses as Pathogens of the Fungal Community
Donald Y. Kobayashi and Bradley I. Hillman

Fungal Endophytes in Terrestrial Communities and Ecosystems
Jennifer A. Rudgers and Keith Clay

Mechanisms of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Mediation of Plant-Plant
James D. Bever and Peggy A. Schultz

Impacts of Plant Pathogenic Fungi on Plant Communities
Everett M. Hansen and Jeffrey K. Stone

The Epichloë Endophytes of Grasses and the Symbiotic Continuum
Christopher L. Schardl and Adrian Leuchtmann

Evolutionary Development of the Clavicipitaceae
Joseph F. Bischoff and James F. White, Jr.

Ecological Fitness Factors for Fungi within the Balansieae and Clavicipiteae
Charles W. Bacon and Philip Lyons

Fungal Communities of Seaweeds
Alga Zuccaro and Julian I. Mitchell

Trophic Interactions of Fungi and Animals
Liliane Ruess and John Lussenhop

Sporocarp Mycophagy: Nutritional, Behavioral, Evolutionary,
and Physiological Aspects
Andrew W. Claridge and James M. Trappe

Hypogeous Fungi: Evolution of Reproductive and Dispersal Strategies
through Interactions with Animals and Mycorrhizal Plants
James M. Trappe and Andrew W. Claridge

Human Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: An Overview
M.J. Swift

Oligotrophic Growth of Fungi
M. Wainwright

Fungal Communities of Desert Ecosystems: Links to Climate Change
John Zak

Symbiotic Lifestyle Expression by Fungal Endophytes and the Adaptation of Plants to Stress: Unraveling the Complexities of Intimacy
Russell J. Rodriguez, Regina S. Redman, and Joan M. Henson

Biological Soil Crusts and Global Changes: What Does the Future Hold?
Jayne Belnap and Otto L. Lange

Nutrient Acquisition Strategies of Fungi and Their Relation to Elevated
Atmospheric CO2
Kathleen K. Treseder

Toxic Metals and Fungal Communities
Marina Fomina, Euan P. Burford, and Geoffrey M. Gadd

Radionuclides and Fungal Communities
Nelli N. Zhdanova, Valentina A. Zakharchenko, and Kurt Haselwandter

How Do Composition, Structure, and Function of Mycorrhizal Fungal
Communities Respond to Nitrogen Deposition and Ozone Exposure?
Erik A. Lilleskov

Micromycete Associations in the Rhizosphere of Steppe and
Agrophytocenose Plants
Erast Golovko and Nataliya Ellanska

Fungal Communities of Agroecosystems
Mary E. Stromberger

Effects of Forest Management on Fungal Communities
Daniel M. Durall, Melanie D. Jones, and Kathy J. Lewis

Exotic Species and Fungi: Interactions with Fungal, Plant, and Animal
D.M. Rizzo

Preserving Fungal Communities
Fungal Conservation: Some Impressions - A Personal View
Roy Watling
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