Interested in digging deeper into the world of fungi and other tiny non-plant, non-animal organisms, check out the book by Steven L. Stephenson, a research professor of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas. In The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens (published by Timber Press), Stephenson explains the purpose, forms, and roles of these commonly misunderstood life forms. Gardeners know fungi do more than adorn a fresh salad or top a pizza, but how many of us really understand the true extent fungi play in our lives. Stephenson's author profile notes he has studied fungi and slime mold on six continents – sounds like he's a real fun-gi (guy) – sorry, couldn't resist.
August 11, 2009. Late blight continues to rear its ugly head in Connecticut farms and gardens, according to a recent report in the Norwich Bulletin. Because of the high risk of this windborne fungus spreading from location to location, I check my tomato plants daily. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station's Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology posted images of CT grown tomatoes with late blight. For images of all types of tomato disease, visit Cornell University's Vegetable MD Online.