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Lichens are prominent examples of symbiotic organisms, combining fungi and algae and/or cyanobacteria in an intimate biological union. This volume provides an up-to-date account of these fascinating organisms, beginning with anatomical, morphological and physiological aspects. As important components of many terrestrial ecosystems, their ecophysiology is emphasized and their role in carbon and nitrogen fixation, as well as in mineral cycling, is considered. An overview of lichen biogeography and systematics is also provided in the light of modern perspectives in evolution. The chemistry of the unique secondary metabolites produced by lichens is summarized and the contribution of these compounds to the pharmaceutical industry and medicine is reviewed. The use of lichens as indicators of air pollution is the final aspect of these versatile organisms which is featured in this comprehensive and authoritative work.
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'... 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
'... written by ten authors from seven countries ... hence the most important laboratories are represented ... an interesting manual and textbook for researchers, students and teachers.' Z. Sesták, Photosynthetica ' ... has much to commend it ... excellently produced work.' The Naturalist
'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
'... most welcome ... a valuable reference for both students and researchers ...' Mycological Research
This up-to-date account spans anatomical, morphological, physiological and ecological aspects and provides a modern overview of lichen biogeography and systematics. The contribution of lichen secondary metabolites to medicine, and the use of lichens as indicators of air pollution, are also reviewed.
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0521453682