Fungal world embodies diversified groups which colonize, multiply and survive in nature on many macro- and micro-ecological niches and substrates. Fungi are eukaryotic, achlorophyllous, filamentous or unicellular living organisms which are ubiquitous and cosmopolitan in distribution. Of the estimated 1.5 million fungal species, more than 98,000 fungal species have been described. Approximately 28,000 fungal species are reported from India. The fungi play an important role in biodegradation, recycling of organic matter, pharmaceutical industries, agriculture, medicine, industry, bioremediation, waste management and other activities. In India hardly we have database but for few a books on Indian fungi, compiled from time to time by some mycologists. The present book includes 16 chapters contributed by eminent mycologists. Chapters include data on diversity, taxonomy, ecology and application of Helicosporous fungi, genus Spegazzinia, Rusts and Smuts, Chaetomiaceae, Macrophomina, Rhizoctonia, Russula, wild edible fungi, poisonous mushrooms, insect fungi and other related aspects. This book will be very useful and a valuable addition to the existing literature on the same subject.
1. Helicosporium Species from India 2. Taxonomy of Eriocercosporaceous Fungi 3. Spegazzinia Species from India 4. Rhizoctonia D.C.: Taxonomy, Ecology and Management 5. Characterization of Cotton Root Rot Pathogens Rhizoctonia solani and R. bataticola using RAPD and Morphological Markers 6. Macrophomina: Taxonomy, Ecology, Diseases and their Management 7. Taxonomy and Ecology of Chaetomiaceae 8. Teliospore Germination, Germination Products and Conservation of Smut Fungi with Reference to Spore Dormancy, Viability, Activation, Inhibitors, Germination, Germination Products, Compatibility, Cultures and Systematics: A Review 9. Current Status of Biodiversity of Rust and Smut Fungi: Indian Perspective 10. Documentation of Wild Edible Mushrooms and their Seasonal Availability in Punjab 11. Russulaceae of Kumaon Himalaya: An Overview 12. Morphotaxonomic Studies of Poisonous Mushrooms 13. Keratinophilic Fungi: Distribution and Prospects 14. Important Fungal Diseases of Rice in India and their Management 15. Mycoparasites in Disease Control 16. Fungal Fouling of Historical Wall Paintings Index.
K.G. Mukerji :- K.G. MukerjiDepartment of BotanyUniversity of Delhi, Delhi-110007C. Manoharachary :-
D.Sc. has 40 years of teaching and research experience. He specializes in the areas of Mycology, Plant Pathology, Fungal Biotechnology and Microbial Ecology. He has 16 books and more than 400 research papers to his credit. He has guided 46 Ph.D. students and is at present engaged in research as Emeritus Scientist of CSIR at the Department of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.