The morels is one of the most delicious and costliest wild edible mushrooms of the world. During the last century significant advances have been made in the study of morel biology with the sole aim of artificial cultivation. But all efforts to domesticate them have not been wholly fruitful. The book is an attempt to compile all the relevant information on morel biology so that more interest in morel research is stimulated ultimately paving the way for cultivation.The monograph contains 14 chapters; each chapter is devoted to and provides original information and observations on various aspects of morel biology. It begins with an overview of morel biology followed by the life cycle pattern, classical and molecular systematic treatment, ecology, physiology, mycorrhizal and rhizomorphospheric relationships, nutritive and nutraceutical profile, observations and ethno-mycological and sociobiological impact, cytology of ascus development and the culinary aspects of morel consumption. The objective is to offer a detailed account of different aspects of morel biology and biodiversity.All the chapters are documented with tables, figures and original color photographs.
T. N. Lakhanpal :- has served the Himachal Pradesh University Shimla as Professor, and Head, Department of Biosciences, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences and Director of Institute of Integrated Himalayan studies. He is a distinguished Mycologist, Plant Pathologist, and Microbiologist who is well known all over the world for his research contributions in mushrooms, mycorrihza, and ethno-mycology/ ethno-botany and slime fungi. He has published 12 books, over 200 research papers and guided 28 Ph D students. He has been the chairman/member of various national committees. He is also on the editorial board of a number of Journals besides being the member of number of societies and associations concerning mycology, plant pathology, microbiology and biotechnology.Monika Rana :- also an alumnus of the Department of Biosciences, Himachal Pradesh University, and Shimla. She completed her M Sc. and M Phil in botany in 2000 and 2002 earning a Gold Medal each and Ph D in 2005. She worked on the molecular and a nutraceutical aspect of the morels.She is presently associated with some NGO's for scientific research and development.
Onkar Shad :- is an alumnus of the Department of Biosciences, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He passed his Masters in Botany in 1983 and M Phil in 1985 with flying colours .He received his Ph D degree in 1989 and worked on various aspects of morel biology. His rural background helped him in collecting the ethnic information on morels for the entire Himachal Pradesh. After his education he decided to dedicate his life for social work and has been helping the poor and downtrodden in various capacities and at various fora and fighting for their rights. He has utilized his science background for welfare of the people