Terms Offered: Spring
Instructor: David G. Schmale III
Prerequisites: A student must have a basic understanding of biology.
Time to take a wild ride on the fungal side! This course is an examination of the fungi and their close relatives, with special attention to their roles in the natural world and in shaping the course of human history. Emphasis is placed on the historical and practical significance of fungi as sources of medicine, pathogens of plants and animals, rotters and decayers of organic matter, makers of food and drink, manufacturers of dangerous toxins, and producers of mind-altering chemicals. A student must have a basic understanding of biology.