The Illustrated Moss Flora of Antarctica


The Illustrated Moss Flora of Antarctica Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press Pages: 704 Illustrations and other contents: 42 Plates, color; 273 Halftones, unspecified ISBN: 9780521814027 Categories: ,

This Flora provides the first comprehensive description, with keys, of all known species and varieties of moss in the Antarctic biome. It has involved microscopic examination of around 10,000 specimens from Antarctica and, for comparison, from other continents. All species are illustrated by detailed line drawings, alongside information about their reproductive status, ecology, and distribution. This is a useful resource for bryologists worldwide, as well as to Antarctic botanists and other terrestrial biologists.

Weight2.6 kg
'A beautiful, self-contained account of what is the major component of the Antarctic flora, this book represents the culmination of many years of meticulous research and extensive fieldwork. The authors' intimate knowledge of the Antarctic biome and of mosses shines through ... this is a highly informative and practical book that will greatly benefit researchers undertaking applied and ecological research on the Antarctic bryoflora, as well as conservation organisations. The first five chapters are very readable and interesting and the systematic treatment of the taxa in Chapter 6 is of the highest standard. I cannot recommend this flora too highly.' Annals of Botany

Author Biography

Ryszard Ochyra is Head of the Laboratory of Bryology at the Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow. He has undertaken fieldwork in Tanzania, South Africa, Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, Prince Edward Islands, Iles Crozet and Iles Kerguelen. He has received numerous awards including the prize from the Prime Minister of the Polish Government in 2000 for outstanding scientific achievement. Ronald I. Lewis-Smith joined the British Antarctic Survey in 1964 as a cryptogamic ecologist, and in 1975 he was appointed as head of the BAS Plant Biology Section. He worked extensively throughout South Georgia, South Orkney and South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula and continental Antarctica, before retiring from BAS in 2002. He was awarded the British Polar Medal in 1977 and a clasp in 2002 in recognition of his contribution to Antarctic science. Halina Bednarek-Ochyra is based at the Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow, where she became Curator of the Bryophyte Herbarium in 1993. She is a skilled botanical illustrator, and in 1996 and 2004 was awarded a prize by the Second Division of the Polish Academy of Sciences for outstanding scientific achievements.