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Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists

Nicholas P. Money


Stinkhorns, puffballs, the “corpse finder”, deadly galerina, Satan's bolete, birch conks, black mold, the old man of the woods — the world of fungi is infinitely varied and this book introduces readers to a dazzling array of fungi. We learn of Madurella, which can erode bones until they look moth-eaten; Cordyceps, which wracks insects with convulsions, kills them, then sends a stalk out of the insect's head to release more infectious spores; and Claviceps, the poisonous ergot fungus, which causes hallucinations (the women charged with “demonic possession” in Salem in 1691 may have been victims ... More

Keywords: biology of fungi, study of fungi, Reginald Buller, Madurella, Cordyceps, Claviceps, mycologists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195154573
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas P. Money, author
Department of Botany, Miami University

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