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Illustrated Moss Flora of Antarctica

Illustrated Moss Flora of Antarctica


  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521814027

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  • Mosses are a major component of the vegetation in ice-free coastal regions of Antarctica. They play an important role in the colonisation of ice-free terrain, accumulation of organic matter, release of organic exudates, and also provide a food and habitat resource for invertebrates. They serve as model organisms for physiological experiments designed to elucidate problems of plant cold tolerance and survival mechanisms and for monitoring biological responses to climate change. 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 an invaluable resource for bryologists worldwide, as well as to Antarctic botanists and other terrestrial biologists.

    • Detailed keys to all species allow the user to make an initial assessment of taxa
    • Provides a complete taxonomic account of every family, genus and species of Antarctic moss, making this an invaluable identification guide
    • Extensive bibliography provides a comprehensive list of publications on Antarctic mosses
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521814027
    • length: 704 pages
    • dimensions: 283 x 228 x 38 mm
    • weight: 2.2kg
    • contains: 273 b/w illus. 42 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Taxonomic and nomenclatural novelties
    Foreword Sir Martin W. Holdgate
    1. Introduction
    2. History of muscological investigations in Antarctica
    3. Terrestrial environment and moss ecology of Antarctica
    4. Diversity and phytogeography of the moss flora
    5. Background to the Flora
    6. Systematic accounts of the taxa
    Index to Latin plant names.

  • Authors

    Ryszard Ochyra, Polish Academy of Sciences
    Ryszard Ochyra is Head of the Laboratory of Bryology at the Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków. He has undertaken fieldwork in Tanzania, South Africa, Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, Prince Edward Islands, Îles Crozet and Îles Kerguelen. He has received numerous awards including the prize from the Prime Minister of the Polish Government in 2000 for outstanding scientific achievement.

    Ronald Lewis-Smith, Centre for Antarctic Plant Ecology and Diversity
    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, Polish Academy of Sciences
    Halina Bednarek-Ochyra is based at the Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków, 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.

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