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The rise of yeast : how the sugar fungus shaped civilization / Nicholas P. Money.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2018

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xi, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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The great Victorian biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, "I know of no familiar substance forming part of our every-day knowledge and experience, the examination of which, with a little care, tends to open up such very considerable issues as does yeast." Huxley was right. Beneath the veryfoundations of human civilization lies yeast - also known as the sugar fungus. Yeast is responsible for fermenting our alcohol and providing us with bread - the very staples of life. Moreover, it has proven instrumental in helping cell biologists and geneticists understand how living things work,manufacturing life-saving drugs, and producing biofuels that could help save the planet from global warming.In The Rise of Yeast, Nicholas P. Money - author of Mushroom and The Amoeba in the Room - argues that we cannot ascribe too much importance to yeast, and that its discovery and controlled use profoundly altered human history. Humans knew what yeast did long before they knew what it was. It was notuntil Louis Pasteur's experiments in the 1860s that scientists even acknowledged its classification as a fungus. A compelling blend of science, history, and sociology The Rise of Yeast explores the rich, strange, and utterly symbiotic relationship between people and yeast, a stunning and immenselyreadable account that takes us back to the roots of human history.

Author Notes

Nicholas P. Money is Western Program Director and Professor of Botany at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Nicholas P. Money is an expert on fungal growth and reproduction. Nicholas has authored a number of popular science books that celebrate the diversity of the fungi and othermicroorganisms including Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists (OUP, 2002), and The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes (OUP, 2014).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
1 Introduction: Yeasty Basicsp. 1
2 Yeast of Eden: Drinkp. 19
3 The Dough Also Rises: Foodp. 43
4 Frankenyeast: Cellsp. 75
5 The Little Yeast on the Prairie: Biotechnologyp. 105
6 Yeasts of the Wild: Yeast Diversityp. 129
7 Yeasts of Wrath: Health and Diseasep. 157
Notesp. 185
Glossaryp. 203
Indexp. 207