Dasycladales : An Illustrated Monograph of a Fascinating Agal Order

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This is the first monograph atlas on Dasycladales to extensively describe the unique morphologic features of both fossil and living species, following the phylogeny of these single cell organisms through their more than 500 million years of existence. Due to the increasingly detailed knowledge on the evolution of morphologic characteristics, it is now possible to determine the time of development of the living genera, and their distribution is specified in accompanying maps. For the first time, the systematic classification of the living Dasycladales makes use of their availability in laboratory cultures. Crosses were performed between questionable species and morphologic characteristics observed over several generations excluding environmental influences on their expression. A unique collection of photographs and scanning electron micrographs documents the features of the living Dasycladales and will be of great value for researchers and students as well as easily understandable for interested observers. Schematic drawings and photographs describe the life cycle. The depicted peculiarities of the living Dasycladales, the knowledge presented on the establishment of laboratory cultures, on important techniques for cell biological research, as well as on their role in cell biology could stimulate researchers and students to "rediscover" these living fossils.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 222 x 311 x 26mm | 1,591g
  • Oxford University Press Australia
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 0195209532
  • 9780195209532