Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds

Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds

George W. Hudler / Feb 20, 2020

Magical Mushrooms Mischievous Molds Mushrooms magically spew forth from the earth in the hours that follow a summer rain Fuzzy brown molds mischievously turn forgotten peaches to slime in the kitchen fruit bowl And in thousands of other

  • Title: Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds
  • Author: George W. Hudler
  • ISBN: 9780691070162
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mushrooms magically spew forth from the earth in the hours that follow a summer rain Fuzzy brown molds mischievously turn forgotten peaches to slime in the kitchen fruit bowl And in thousands of other ways, members of the kingdom Fungi do their part to make life on Earth the miracle that it is In this lively book, George Hudler leads us on a tour of an often overlookedMushrooms magically spew forth from the earth in the hours that follow a summer rain Fuzzy brown molds mischievously turn forgotten peaches to slime in the kitchen fruit bowl And in thousands of other ways, members of the kingdom Fungi do their part to make life on Earth the miracle that it is In this lively book, George Hudler leads us on a tour of an often overlooked group of organisms, which differ radically from both animals and plants Along the way the author stops to ponder the marvels of nature and the impact of mere microbes on the evolution of civilization Nature s ultimate recyclers not only save us from drowning in a sea of organic waste, but also provide us with food, drink, and a wide array of valuable medicines and industrial chemicals.Some fungi make deadly poisons and psychedelic drugs that have interesting histories in and of themselves, and Hudler weaves tales of those into his scientific account of the nature of the fungi The role of fungi in the Irish potato famine, in the Salem Witch Trials, in the philosophical writings of Greek scholars, and in the creation of ginger snaps are just a few of the many great moments in history to grace these pages.Hudler moves so easily from discussing human history to exploring scientific knowledge, all with a sense of humor and enthusiasm, that one can well understand why he is an award winning teacher both at Cornell University as well as nationally Few, for instance, who read his invitation to get out of your chair and take a short walk will ever again look without curiosity and admiration at the rotten part of the world around them Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds is full of information that will satisfy history buffs, science enthusiasts, and anyone interested in nature s miracles Everyone in Hudler s audience will develop a new appreciation of the debt they owe to the molds for such common products as penicillin, wine, and bread.

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    497 Comments

    1. An easy-to-read and brief introduction to Mycology, the study of fungi. The title was undoubtedly chosen to draw the most attention, but fortunately there's a lot more to this book than a discussion of hallucinogenic mushrooms. There's a quick overview of fungal biology at the beginning, followed by chapters on fungi as forest pathogens, mycoses, yeasts, mychorrizal associations, lichens, ergots, edible and poisonous mushrooms of all kinds, and a section on how fungal metabolites are being studi [...]


    2. I give this book 5 stars for being an informative text that isn't so boring I stop reading after 5 minutes. Quite the opposite! I can hardly put this book down. Every species of fungi that is discussed is introduced with a (sometimes harrowing) historical account of its effects on humans, either directly or indirectly. I don't know anything about fungi or plant biology. I'm an English major, and I picked up this book to do research for a story I'm working on. I was worried that jargon and textbo [...]


    3. Detailed, informative and surprisingly interesting, I really liked this book and all the facts it gave. It even incorporates a small amount of light humor to its content, which made it fun to read through, and it has a few photographs that are very detailed.


    4. This was without a doubt the worst book about mushrooms that I’ve ever read. Now, to be fair, I’m relatively certain it’s only the second book about mushrooms I’ve ever read, but it was still much less than satisfying. Writing a compelling science book, and one about a subject as far-ranging and yet obscure as fungus, has to be difficult. But as fascinating as the subject matter may be (and I’m not speaking ironically when I admit I find this particular topic incredibly interesting), u [...]


    5. This is actually a textbook for a really awesome course I'm taking this semester. For people who only want to read the first two sentences of a review, let me just say that I read this "textbook" in one weekend. And now, some highlights:Lichens are a combination of a fungus and an algae. Although lichens are the prototypical example of a symbiotic relationship, further research reveals that the fungus is more of a parasite than a helper, contributing only 10% to the life of the lichen. Lichens a [...]


    6. Not gonna lie, this is one of the worst-titled books I've ever read. But for those of us who will pick sincere emotion and deep knowledge over marketing finesse every time, it turns out to be a notably loving and appreciative introduction to the fungus kingdom by a longtime Cornell professor.We often think of fungi as vegetables because our most visible interaction with them is via button mushrooms in the produce section of the supermarket but that isn't even close enough to the truth to be wron [...]


    7. A travesty of blandness and mediocrity for a book about such a fascinating subject. Instead of emphasizing the things that are actually interesting about fungi (their ecology), Hudler emphasizes their impact on human lives. I feel that this is done because the author seems desperate to prove to his audience that his subject of interest isn't worthless or disgusting. If that doesn't seem like a terrible reason to write a book to you, then maybe you'd like this one.


    8. I finally got around to reading this book after I put it down last summer. I really enjoyed the review of fungi and their relationship with human history-- including medicinal fungi, edible lichens, poisonous fungi, mind altering fungi, symbiotic fungi and more!


    9. This is an awesome book for an awesome class at Cornell written by and taught by a hilarious man who LOVES fungi!






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