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

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New for 2021 online
A COMPLETE update and revision of this comprehensive online text book of general fungal biology
CLICK HERE TO TRY THE SEPTEMBER 2021 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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I know you're here to find out about fungi, but I'd like to ask you this question:

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

Planting trees may not be the answer

Allow me to share four interesting and incontrovertible facts about shellfish:

1. There’s a lot of shell in shellfish (30 to 50% of the live weight is shell)

2. Shellfish shell is mineralised carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

3. Shellfish shell is not digested and is chemically stable for geological periods of time.

4. The shellfish industry (and everyone else for that matter) seems to be totally blind to the fact that the shellfish cultivation industry is the ONLY industry on the planet that currently REMOVES serious quantities of carbon dioxide permanently from the atmosphere. The shellfish industry is the ONLY industry on the planet that could save the atmosphere by massively increasing its production.

I like trees and I’m all in favour of planting more of them, but as a mycologist I have to say 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 the stored carbon as CO2 in the process.

Lliving trees store carbon; dead trees give it back to the atmosphere. That’s life.

Dead shellfish leave behind 50% of their live weight in the form of crystalline calcium carbonate, which is mineralised atmospheric carbon dioxide.

That's the legacy we need to save the atmosphere.



ONLINE RESOURCES - just a click away

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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. The Aspergillus Website is a comprehensive resource about the fungus Aspergillus and the diseases it can cause (aspergillosis)
  2. 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)
  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. The Cyclosporine story
  5. The Diflucan story
  6. The Ergot Alkaloids
  7. The Statins
  8. More about Statins
  9. Patenting Statins
  10. Traditional Chinese Medicinal Auricularia
  11. Traditional Chinese Medicinal Cordyceps
  12. Traditional Chinese Medicinal Ganoderma
  13. Medicinal Shiitake/shiang-gu (Lentinula edodes)
  14. Medicinal Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
  15. Nutritional value of fungi
  16. Chinese remedies for cancer
  17. Mycoses
  18. Wie unsere Welt ohne Pilze aussähe MP4 podcastwdr_fernsehen_quarks_und_co_20141007.mp4
  19. PDF zur Sendung: Heimliche Herrscher - die wundersame Welt der Pilze - mit Videos (PDF-Download: 89 MB)
  1. Virtual Tours: just what you need in these coronavirus-restricted times. Upgraded Points (UP) is a website devoted to bonus reward points and travel miles earned for credit card purchases, but the folks at UP have created a new list of 100 Virtual Tours you can take from your own home. From LFC’s Anfield to the White House via the Amazon Rain Forest, Planet Mars and Volcanoes in Hawai’i, there’s a tour for every taste. It’s aimed at kids and students, but I reckon a lot of parents will find calming interest HERE!
  2. Free-to-download Educational Resources The UK’s Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee (MiSAC) promotes the teaching of microbiology in schools and colleges by developing and publishing new ideas for the educational use of microorganisms, including practical activities. Their website makes available a wide range of (free!) downloadable resources that offer higher-school teachers and students up-to-date insights into how microbes support activities on which we all depend. In the past six months MiSAC has added teaching resources to its website covering topics as diverse as: Herpesviruses; Nitrification and ammonia oxidising microbes in soil; Producing life-saving drugs; Gut microbes; Why mistakes make influenza dangerous; Feeding farm animals; Making plant roots work; The African trypanosome and human trypanosomiasis; Bacterial endospores; Recycling leaves and wood … and many more. Check out this URL:
  3. Be a time traveller! Take a trip into Deep Time
  4. Fungi4schools, the best resources for teachers of primary, through secondary and onto post-16 students. Read more...
  5. The Children's University of Manchester
  6. Zen and the Art of Science
  7. It's all Greek to me, except for the bits that are in Latin...
  8. Filamentous fungal growth kinetics: a review contributed by Liam J. McNulty
  9. 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
[Click on the thumbnail of the cover for more information] [CLICK HERE to visit my Amazon Author page]
Coprinopsis: an autobiography
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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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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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CLICK HERE to visit the website

VIEW the printed book on Amazon
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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!
Buy the PDF here for
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CLICK HERE to visit the website

VIEW the printed book on Amazon


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A fully illustrated online catalogue of stamps and postal labels featuring fungi

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