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Lichen Biology

2nd Edition


T. H. Nash III, T. Friedl, B. Büdel, R. Honegger, C. Scheidegger, S. Scherrer, J. A. Elix, E. Stocker-Wörgötter, R. P. Beckett, I. Kranner, F. V. Minibayeva, T. G. A. Green, O. L. Lange, K. Palmqvist, L. Dahlman, A. Jonsson, D. Fahselt, M. R. D. Seaward, D. J. Galloway, A. Tehler, M. Wedin, A. Hager
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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521692168

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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.

    • Contains new chapters on sexual reproduction; stress physiology and symbiosis; the carbon economy of lichens; and the environmental role of lichens
    • Carefully selected team of chapter authors ensures authoritative and even coverage
    • Comprehensive coverage (including anatomy, morphology, physiology, ecology, systematics), and fully updated throughout
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From a review of the first edition: '… provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the fascinating world of lichens … a well written book with information presented in a way that is easy to grasp … has the potential to fulfill the author's intention not only to attract lichenologists, but also students and scientists in related fields.' S. Dietz, Journal of Experimental Botany

    '… an extremely detailed review of current knowledge … a new dimension to study.' British Ecological Society TEG News

    'I have no reservations in recommending it.' David L. Hawksworth, Trends in Plant Science

    '… research workers and university teachers … will find it a valuable and up-to-date resource.' P. D. Crittenden, Journal of Applied Phycology

    '… an excellent book.' D. C. Smith, Journal of New Phytology

    'Nobody has done more than Thomas Nash, III to demonstrate that lichens are living, breathing creatures … A review volume of this sort is both a challenge and a credit to its editor'. S. Hammer, Trends in Microbiology

    'This book is learned in style and is avowedly aimed at the specialist, whether amateur or professional. I would add that it should be an essential reference for serious students, project researchers, and teachers of lichenology, It is a very timely an up-to-date summary of the state of lichenological studies.' Lichen Biology

    'This new edition is most welcome … a work all mycological (including lichenological) libraries should have available for consultation on their shelves.' Mycological Research

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521692168
    • length: 502 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 173 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 200 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface T. H. Nash III
    1. Introduction T. H. Nash III
    2. Photobionts T. Friedl and B. Büdel
    3. Mycobionts R. Honegger
    4. Thallus morphology and anatomy B. Büdel and C. Scheidegger
    5. Morphogenesis R. Honegger
    6. Sexual reproduction in lichen-forming ascomycetes R. Honegger and S. Scherrer
    7. Biochemistry and secondary metabolites J. A. Elix and E. Stocker-Wörgötter
    8. Stress physiology and the symbiosis R. P. Beckett, I. Kranner and F. V. Minibayeva
    9. Physiological ecology of carbon dioxide exchange T. G. A. Green, T. H. Nash III and O. L. Lange
    10. The carbon economy of lichens K. Palmqvist, L. Dahlman, A. Jonsson and T. H. Nash III
    11. Nitrogen, its metabolism and potential contribution to ecosystems T. H. Nash III
    12. Nutrients, elemental accumulation and mineral cycling T. H. Nash III
    13. Individuals and populations of lichens D. Fahselt
    14. Environmental role of lichens M. R. D. Seaward
    15. Lichen sensitivity to air pollution T. H. Nash III
    16. Lichen biogeography D. J. Galloway
    17. Systematics of lichenized fungi A. Tehler and M. Wedin
    Appendix. Culture methods for lichens and lichen symbionts E. Stocker-Wörgötter and A. Hager

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  • Editor

    Thomas H. Nash, III, Arizona State University
    Thomas H. Nash III is Professor of Plant Biology in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He has over 35 years teaching experience in Ecology, Lichenology and Statistics, and has taught in Austria (Fulbright Fellowship) and conducted research in Australia, Germany (junior and senior von Humbolt Foundation fellowships), Mexico and South America, and the USA. He has co-authored five previous books and over 200 scientific articles.


    T. H. Nash III, T. Friedl, B. Büdel, R. Honegger, C. Scheidegger, S. Scherrer, J. A. Elix, E. Stocker-Wörgötter, R. P. Beckett, I. Kranner, F. V. Minibayeva, T. G. A. Green, O. L. Lange, K. Palmqvist, L. Dahlman, A. Jonsson, D. Fahselt, M. R. D. Seaward, D. J. Galloway, A. Tehler, M. Wedin, A. Hager

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