Mycology is the study of fungi including molds, yeasts and mushrooms. Fungi are a very diverse group of organisms that lack chlorophyll and have a eucaryotic cell structure. Most fungi are found in terrestrial ecosystems although there are examples of both fresh water and marine fungi. These organisms play an important role in recycling nutrients found in living systems and many are pathogenic with hosts ranging from humans to economically important crop plants.
Dr. Thomas Volk of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an internationally recognized mycologist who teaches courses in both general and medical mycology. In addition, Dr. Volk has developed a nationally recognized Web Page on fungi. His site was presented with a "Cool Images Site" Award in the February 5, 1999 issue of Science. Check out Tom Volk's Fungi page and don't forget to visit his fungus of the month site!