Lichen Biology

Lichen Biology

2nd Edition

Paperback (24 Jun 2008) | English

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Synopsis

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 information

ISBN: 9780521692168
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Pub date:
Edition: 2nd Edition
DEWEY: 579.7
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 520
Weight: 858g
Height: 246mm
Width: 174mm
Spine width: 23mm