Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New book: The Kingdom of Fungi

This spring my new book “the Kingdom of Fungi” was published by Princeton University Press.

The 265 pages book is sort of an illustrated textbook – with many illustrations and not so much text :-)

Table of contents:

Introducing fungal life 
Fungal spores 
The perfect imperfects 
Fruiting bodies 
The Ascomycota 
The Basidiomycota
The Zygomycota and other groups 
Fungal ecology 
Fungi in the world 
Fungal future 

It has been well received, and I cite from the Princeton website:

"An instant classic. . . . The book's 800+ photographs accomplish a singular feat: they display the diagnostic features of a particular species--gill attachment or lack thereof, apothecial hairs, etc.--without sacrificing esthetics. . . . The text is remarkable, too. It describes the ecology and biology of fungi, where fungi grow, and human interactions with fungi."--Lawrence Millman, Boston Mycological Club Bulletin

"A lavish work. . . . [A] book with a message about both the beauty and importance of fungi that should be widely available in bookshops worldwide and so help raise the global awareness of kingdom Fungi. I cannot commend it too strongly, and if you have not yet seen it you are in for a real treat--perhaps a mycologist's equivalent of being a kid in a candy store."--IMA Fungus

"The Kingdom of Fungi is a feast for the senses, and the ideal reference for naturalists, researchers, and anyone interested in fungi."--Northeastern Naturalist

"The Kingdom of Fungi melds the traditional classification still found in most field guides with the findings from recent phylogenetic studies. The photographs are absolutely stunning and will be the talk of the town."--Donald H. Pfister, Harvard University


Here are some spreads from the book:

You can read a full review of the book here (scroll down to page 26) and an interview with the author here.

The book is by now out in English (The Kingdom of Fungi), Danish (I svampenes rige), Dutch (Het Leven van Paddenstoelen en Schimmels) and Estonian (Seeneriigi illustreeritud entsüklopeedia), see my photographic website for further updates.

Some further reviews of the US edition:
The Cornell Mushroom Blog
The flying mullet
Omphalina (down to page 10)

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