Edition: 2nd 2008
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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.
List price: $83.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/24/2008
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
|List of contributors|
|Thallus morphology and anatomy|
|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|
|Systematics of lichenized fungi|
|Culture methods for lichens and lichen symbionts|