Lichen Biology

ISBN-10: 0521692164

ISBN-13: 9780521692168

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Thomas H. Nash

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Lichens are symbiotic organisms in which fungi and algae and/or cyanobacteria form an intimate biological union. This diverse group is found in almost all terrestrial habitats from the tropics to polar regions. In this second edition, four completely new chapters cover recent developments in the study of these fascinating organisms, including lichen genetics and sexual reproduction, stress physiology and symbiosis, and the carbon economy and environmental role of lichens. The whole text has been fully updated, with chapters covering anatomical, morphological and developmental aspects; the contribution of the unique secondary metabolites produced by lichens to medicine and the pharmaceutical industry; patterns of lichen photosynthesis and respiration in relation to different environmental conditions; the role of lichens in nitrogen fixation and mineral cycling; and the use of lichens as indicators of air pollution. This is a valuable reference for both students and researchers interested in lichenology.
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Book details

List price: $82.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 502
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

List of contributors
Preface
Introduction
Photobionts
Mycobionts
Thallus morphology and anatomy
Morphogenesis
Sexual reproduction in lichen-forming ascomycetes
Biochemistry and secondary metabolites
Stress physiology and the symbiosis
Physiological ecology of carbon dioxide exchange
The carbon economy of lichens
Nitrogen, its metabolism and potential contribution to ecosystems
Nutrients, elemental accumulation, and mineral cycling
Individuals and populations of lichens
Environmental role of lichens
Lichen sensitivity to air pollution
Lichen biogeography
Systematics of lichenized fungi
Culture methods for lichens and lichen symbionts
References
Taxon index
Subject index
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