Water, Fungi and Plants: Symposium of the British Mycological Society Held at the University of Lancaster, April 1985

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 3, 1986 - Science - 413 pages
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Water is the solvent for metabolic processes, it participates directly in many biochemical reactions and has a vital skeletal function. It also plays a key role in the behaviour and spread of fungi. The chapters of this book, which was originally published in 1986, give a broad perspective on this vast subject. The contributions were all written by acknowledged experts in their field, and subjects of great practical importance are discussed. The bio-deterioration of plant products, such as foodstuffs, grain and timber, the relationship between weather patterns and the likelihood of disease epidemics and the characteristics of pathogenic and mycorrhizal fungi, are described. Overall the book provides a physiological basis that unites the different aspects of the subject area, which had previously been studied in isolation from each other.
 

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Contents

Basic principles of cell and tissue water relations
1
Water turgor and osmotic potentials of fungi
27
Water relations of sclerotia and other infective structures
49
patterns of spore
65
Spore dispersal in splash droplets
87
The zoospore and its problems
105
Water relations and pathogen activity in soil
119
Epidemiological significance of liquid water in crop canopies
139
Phytoalexins water stress and stomata
207
Movement of liquid water and the effects of fungal infection
223
Effects of root pathogens on plant water relations
241
Foliar pathogens alter the water relations of their hosts with
267
Water relations of mycorrhizal fungi and their host plants
287
Water availability the distribution of fungi and their adaptation
305
Water and the origins of decay in trees
321
Postharvest spoilage of fruits and vegetables
343

Water stress predisposition to disease an overview
157
Drought irrigation and fungal diseases of tropical crops
175
Interaction of host stress and pathogen ecology on Phytophthora
189
Water and the ecology of fungi in stored products
359
Water and decomposition processes in terrestrial ecosystems
375
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