Submitted to: Mycological Research
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: January 17, 2005
Publication Date: June 10, 2005
Citation: Humber, R.A. 2005. Insect-fungus associations: ecology and evolution. Mycological Research. 109(2):383-384. Technical Abstract: This article is a book review that will appear in the March 2005 issue of Mycological Research that focuses on an insect fungus theme. This book offers the first major review of the ecology and evolution of fungi associated with insects since 1980, and is the first such set of reviews based on PCR-based research that has revolutionized the overall understanding of many aspects of systematics and biology of the fungi associated with insects. As such, it will be a valuable reference for many specialized areas of research. The book deals with the fungi associated with insects in relationships ranging from fungal pathogens of insect to ecto- and endosymbiotic fungi, to the fungi raised in fungal gardens by ants and termites in a manner that is correctly compared in detail in one chapter with human agriculture; there is also coverage of fungi that are associated with bark beetles, primarily as food for the beetles. The subject coverage in this book is not completely comprehensive but the rich diversity of what is covered is in almost all instances well treated and well referenced.