Chapter 16: Fungi as pathogens of animals, including man

In this Chapter we study fungi as pathogens of animals, including man. There are many pathogens of insects amongst the fungi and fungus-like organisms: Microsporidia, Trichomycetes, Laboulbeniales, and entomogenous fungi. Inevitably, discussion of insect disease eventually turns to thoughts of the potential for biological control of arthropod pests. In other animals, cutaneous chytridiomycosis is an emerging disease of amphibians; so, too, is aspergillosis disease of coral, and both have potential lessons to teach about the emergence of new diseases from organisms that have long, but benign, associations with the host.

Our main concern, though, are the mycoses that are the fungus diseases of humans. We describe the clinical groupings set up for human fungal infections; fungi within the home, and their effects on health through production of allergens and toxins.

In the penultimate Section we attempt a comparison of animal and plant pathogens and briefly discuss the essentials of epidemiology. We finish with a short discussion of mycoparasitic and fungicolous fungi; that is, fungi that are pathogenic on other fungi.

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Updated December 23, 2016