Bryophyte Biology provides a comprehensive yet succinct overview of the morphology, systematics, ecology, and evolution of hornworts, liverworts, and mosses. A distinguished set of contributors provide state-of-the-art summaries of the most recent advances in bryology, with rich citation of the current literature. Revised classifications for the liverworts and mosses are presented that depart significantly from previous arrangements. These novel classifications reflect the results of recent phylogenetic analyses and include exhaustive lists of accepted genera with their familial placements. Accessible and well-illustrated overviews of morphology are provided for each group, with subsequent contributions focusing on current areas of active research, including developmental biology, molecular genetics, ecology, and microevolution. In addition to reviews of the most current literature, the chapters provide abundant reference to classical studies in bryology that will help those new to the topic to develop an historical perspective within which recent developments can be viewed.
- Electronic book text
- 05 Jun 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 82 b/w illus. 23 tables
'I strongly recommend this bryophyte book to biology students and botanists, and to anyone interested in bryophytes.' Journal of Plant Physiology
Table of contents
List of contributors; Preface; 1. Anatomy, development, and classification of hornworts Karen S. Renzaglia and Kevin C. Vaughn; 2. Morphology and classification of the Marchantiophyta Barbara Crandall-Stotler and Raymond E. Stotler; 3. Morphology and classification of mosses William R. Buck and Bernard Goffinet; 4. Origin and phylogenetic relationships of bryophytes Bernard Goffinet; 5. Chemical constituents and biochemistry Rudiger Mues; 6. Molecular genetic studies of moss species David Cove; 7. Control of morphogenesis in bryophytes Michael L. Christianson; 8. Physiological ecology M. C. F. Proctor; 9. Mineral nutrition, substratum ecology and pollution J. W. Bates; 10. Peatlands: ecosystems dominated by bryophytes Dale H. Vitt; 11. Role of bryophyte-dominated ecosystems in the global carbon budget K. P. O'Niell; 12. Population ecology, population genetics, and microevolution A. Jonathan Shaw and B. Goffinet; 13. Biogeography and conservation of bryophytes Benito C. Tan and Tamas Pocs; Index.