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We might slice them into a salad, savor them in a sauce, wonder at their power to intoxicate or poison, marvel at their multifarious presence in the forest--but few of us realize that mushrooms, humbly thriving on decay, are crucial to life on Earth as we know it. In this book a distinguished biologist, long intrigued by the secret life of fungi, reveals the power of these curious organisms--not quite animal, not quite plant--to enchant and instruct, to nourish and make way for all sorts of superior forms of nature.
In a style at once learned and quirky, personal and commanding, Elio Schaechter imparts the fascinating minutiae and the weighty implications of his subject--a primarily microscopic life form that nonetheless accounts for up to two tons of matter for every human on the planet. He shows us how fungi, the great decomposers, recycle most of the world's vegetable matter--from a blade of grass to a strapping tree--and thus prevent us from sinking under ever-accumulating masses of decaying matter.
With the same expertise and contagious enthusiasm that he brings to the biology of mushrooms, Schaechter conveys the allure of the mushroom hunt. Drawing on his own experience as well as that of seasoned pickers and amateur mycologists, he explains when and where to find mushrooms, how they are cultivated, and how they are used in various cultures. From the delectable to the merely tolerable, from the hallucinogenic to the deadly, a wide variety of mushrooms are covered in this spirited presentation.
L'autore: Elio Schaechter is Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Emeritus, Tufts University School of Medicine.
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Descrizione libro Condizione: Good. Well kept hardcover with jacket, some jacket wear/tear, unmarked pages, good copy. We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books, ship within 48 hours and offer a 100% money back guarantee. Codice articolo 1M5CZ1000FV6
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione: Very Good. 0674445546 Schaechter, Elio. In the Company of Mushrooms: A Biologist's Tale. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997. xvi, 280pp. Indexed. Illustrated. Square 8vo. Hardcover. Book condition: Very good. Tiny stain to bottom of text and gift inscription on front free end sheet. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good. Price clipped. Rubbing to extremities. Codice articolo USCHTHE00FP
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 1997. Condizione: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Codice articolo 0674445546-2-4
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo , i-xvi , 280 pp, coloured photographic illustrations, line drawings. A previous owner's bookplate on paste down else a copy as new in like dust wrapper. Codice articolo 505758
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione: Used: Good. Codice articolo SONG0674445546
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, Cumbreland, Rhode Island, U.S.A., 1997. Hardcover. Condizione: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 0674445546 Publisher: Harvard Univ PrDate of Publication: 1997Binding: hard coverEdition: Condition: Very Good/Very GoodDescription: 0674445546 Faint tobacco odor. Price clipped dj. Otherwise unmarked and nice. Codice articolo 026518
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press 1997-04-15, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione: good. 0674445546. Codice articolo 500984
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1997. Hard Cover. Condizione: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. First Edition. This 280 page (first edition) copy offers a look at the mushroom and other fungi. The seller has read this book and found it most interesting in that it covers the subject from every direction, sometimes in a quite humourous manner. The condition of this hard cover book is very good. The condition of the dust jacket is very good. Any Book Image is of the Actual Book. Codice articolo 124447
Descrizione libro Harvard University, Cambridge, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing) . Includes color plates, Index, bibliography. Codice articolo 047109
Descrizione libro Condizione: New. Gift Quality Book in Excellent Condition. Codice articolo 36SDH6000MMO