Introduction to Bryophytes – Hardback

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Introduction to Bryophytes – Hardback Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press Pages: 312 Illustrations and other contents: 16 Plates, color; 82 Halftones, unspecified ISBN: 9780521877121 Categories: ,

Bryophytes were a pivotal step in land plant evolution, and their significance in the regulation of ecosystems and the conservation of biodiversity is becoming increasingly acknowledged. This introductory textbook assumes no prior knowledge of bryophyte biology, making it ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as amateur botanists. The authors expertly summarise the diversity of bryophytes and outline recent advances in our understanding of their evolutionary history, their ecological roles and preferences, their distribution patterns and conservation needs. The text is highly illustrated throughout, with boxed summaries of topics of current relevance in bryophyte biology, and a glossary of technical terms.

• Boxed essays summarise topics of current relevance in bryophyte biology • Gives a modern perspective on bryophyte systematics with chapters on conservation, pollution, and evolution • Provides a bridge to the more advanced treatment given in Goffinet and Shaw’s Bryophyte Biology (2nd edition, 2008, Cambridge University Press).

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"The text is very readable and assumes no prior knowledge of bryology..." S.L. Timme, Choice Magazine

Author Biography

Alain Vanderpoorten is a Research Associate of the Belgian Funds for Scientific Research at the University of Liege, Belgium, where he teaches molecular systematics, biogeography, and landscape ecology. His research presently focuses on the evolution of endemism. Bernard Goffinet is an Associate Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. His current research spans chloroplast genome evolution in liverworts, the phylogenetic history of mosses, and the systematics of lichen-forming fungi. He teaches bryophyte and lichen biology and green plant evolution.