Welcome to David Moore's World of Fungi

This is an interactive website of general fungal biology that covers the whole range of mycology

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Mycology and the wider world

21st Century Guidebook to Fungi 2019
New for 2019 online ahead of publication
A COMPLETE update and revision of this comprehensive text book of general fungal biology
CLICK HERE TO TRY THE online version of the 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi

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Find out about some ground breaking research into the chemical signalling that controls the shape and form of fungi

Get close to understanding the structure of the first fungal hormonal compounds to be chemically characterised


A computer program for creating life-like three-dimensional simulations of growing fungal mycelia and tissues.

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The program is distributed as freeware you can download from this website

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Why can't we save the atmosphere by cultivating more shellfish?

Planting trees may not be the answer

 Photosynthetic carbon capture by trees is widely considered to be possibly our most effective strategy to limit the rise of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, and there are several ambitious targets to promote forest conservation, afforestation, and restoration on a global scale.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report of 2018 [ref. 1] suggested that an increase of 1 billion hectares of forest will be necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2050.

Bastin et al. (2019) [ref.2] mapped the global potential tree coverage and estimated that the world’s ecosystems could support an additional 0.9 billion hectares of continuous forest (corresponding to more than 25% increase in forested area) and that such a change has the potential to cut the atmospheric carbon pool by about 25%.

I like trees and I’m all in favour of planting more of them, but as a mycologist I have to say that there is a negative side to these estimations that seems to be escaping notice.

This is that forests don’t only contain trees that can store gigatonnes of carbon in the wood they make; forests also contain wood-decaying fungi that can (and do) digest that wood, releasing greenhouse gases, including CO2, in the process.

Chlorinated hydrocarbons make a normal every-day contribution to the degradation of timber. The fungal chloromethane contribution to the atmosphere has been estimated at around 150,000 tonnes per annum [ref. 3], which is about 60% more than was released into the atmosphere by industrial coal burning furnaces worldwide in the year of publication.

However, of course, the ultimate end-product of digestion is CO2. On a global scale, decomposition of dead wood releases billions of tons of CO2 to the atmosphere each year, a similar magnitude, in fact, to the annual CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion [ref. 4].

So, if the forests can’t save us, is all lost? Well, no, actually; you just need to change your focus; turn away from trees (but still plant them, they’re good for you in so many ways) and concentrate on shellfish. ...CLICK TO READ MORE...


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We should know more about fungi

They have killed us, saved us and served us since before written records began. Find out more about fungi in our online Exposé of Kingdom Fungi

If there was a monster weighing over a hundred tonnes rampaging through the forests of Michigan eating the trees, you should know about it, right? 

Could keep you awake at night. I can understand. Trust me. I sympathize. You might lie there worrying that your legs could fall off.

What? They haven’t told you about that either? Not a word?

CLICK HERE and I'll blow the whistle; even if the black-clad agents of the Fungal Bureau of Investigation do come hammering down my door.


Teaching and Learning resources

  1. Psychogenic fungi in human cultural history ( a blog about the cultural history, mycological properties, psychological effects and risks and harms of psychotropic mushrooms by Anne Stephanos M.A. (original in German)
  2. Psychogenic fungi in human cultural history (Google translation into English) of the blog by Anne Stephanos
  3. The Cyclosporine story
  4. The Diflucan story
  5. The Ergot Alkaloids
  6. The Statins
  7. More about Statins
  8. Patenting Statins
  9. Traditional Chinese Medicinal Auricularia
  10. Traditional Chinese Medicinal Cordyceps
  11. Traditional Chinese Medicinal Ganoderma
  12. Medicinal Shiitake/shiang-gu (Lentinula edodes)
  13. Medicinal Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
  14. Nutritional value of fungi
  15. Chinese remedies for cancer
  16. Mycoses
  17. Wie unsere Welt ohne Pilze aussähe MP4 podcastwdr_fernsehen_quarks_und_co_20141007.mp4
  18. PDF zur Sendung: Heimliche Herrscher - die wundersame Welt der Pilze - mit Videos (PDF-Download: 89 MB)
  1. If you want to know about Medical Mycology at the University of Manchester, check out their (free) ibook: Illustrative Cases in Medical Mycology (click on the title)
  2. The Aspergillus Website is a comprehensive resource about the fungus Aspergillus and the diseases it can cause (aspergillosis)
  3. You might also be interested in the CARE Fungal KnowledgeBank a free app that comprises training modules about fungal diseases and their management (click on the title). Developed by the University of Manchester in partnership with Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd.
  4. Quick reference resources for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other professionals
  5. Be a time traveller! Take a trip into Deep Time
  6. Fungi4schools, the best source of resources for teachers of primary, through secondary and onto post-16 students. Read more...
  7. The Children's University of Manchester
  8. Zen and the Art of Science
  9. It's all Greek to me, except for the bits that are in Latin...
  10. Filamentous fungal growth kinetics: a review contributed by Liam J. McNulty
  11. 解讀真菌之形態發育


Fungal Biology in the Origin and Emergence of Life


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A unique account of life's evolution using the most recent research

Weaves the evolution of fungi into the evolution of life on planet Earth

Be a time traveller! Take a trip into Deep Time

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Coprinopsis: an autobiography

My autobiographical account of a 50-year research career

Coprinopsis: an autobiography


Coprinopsis: an autobiography

For Kindle:

As a printed paperback book:

As a PDF with live hyperlinks to referenced publications


Books you will need to study fungi properly
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Coprinopsis: an autobiography
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21st Century Guidebook to Fungi
Fungal Conservation: Issues and Solutions
Essential Fungal Genetics
Slayers, Saviors, Servants, and Sex
Fungal Morphogenesis
Patterns in Fungal Development
Evolutionary Biology of the Fungi
Developmental Biology of Higher Fungi

Our most recent publications: [click on the titles for more details]

As we indicate above, we have recently published two books that give you information about the chemical controls of developmental signalling in fungi [Fungiflex: the untold story]; and our cyberfungi world, made by the only computer program available for creating life-like three-dimensional simulations of growing fungal mycelia and tissues [The Algorithmic Fungus].

You may also be interested in the following newly-released PDF files:

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40 years research on the Inkcap mushroom, Coprinopsis cinerea, carefully explained, lavishly illustrated. Buy the PDF here for $10
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Fungiflex cover Fungiflex: the untold story
Find out about ground breaking research into the chemical signalling that controls the shape and form of fungi. Buy the PDF here for $20
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Complete details (and code listing) of a computer program that created life-like and three-dimensional simulations of growing fungal mycelia and tissues. Grow your own cyberfungi in your computer!
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ONLINE RESOURCES - just a click away

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The most complete and fully illustrated online catalogue of stamps and postal labels featuring fungi

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