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Lichen Biology 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521459747
ISBN-10: 0521459745
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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

Book Description

Lichens provide the best known example of symbiosis, combining fungi and algae in an intimate biological union. This up-to-date account spans their anatomical, morphological, physiological and ecological aspects and provides a modern overview of lichen biogeography and systematics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521459745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521459747
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,992,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the other two reviewers: if you have no experience with the life sciences it would be best to begin with a book like W. Pervis's Lichens. However, Nash's Lichen Biology is an outstanding text for more detailed and advanced questions on the interworkings of these unique organisms/ecosystems. Each chapter is authored by experts in smaller aspects of lichenology (chemistry, anatomy, taxonomy, ecology etc.), making the complete work very well-rounded.
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This book is not light reading. It is, however, the best book currently available for a complete introduction to the biology of lichens. Topics range from morphology and physiology to ecology. It would benefit from diagrams to accompany the many photographs.
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The first decade of the 21st century has been very good to those of us interested in lichens. There were Brodo and the Sharnoffs' majestic Lichens of North America, the Hinds' The Macrolichens of New England (Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden, Volume 96), the second edition of McCune and Geiser's Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest: Second Edition, the completion of Nash, Gries, and Bungartz's three-volume Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region, plus the new edition of the British Lichen Society's The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland. (These last two are not available through Amazon.)

But these are all chiefly guidebooks to individual species, comprising mostly descriptions, keys, and photographs. To complement them, we now have the second edition of Lichen Biology, edited by Nash. This is a broad and detailed overview of what makes lichens tick, with chapters on anatomy and morphology, reproduction, biochemistry, ecology, physiology, biogeography, taxonomy, and more.

Lichen Biology won't help you tell an Usnea from a Bryoria but it will help you understand the many complex dimensions of these interesting symbiotic organisms. Others commenting on the first edition noted that it is a technical book. This is true, and some chapters are denser than others. (For someone like me who forgot everything he knew about organic chemistry many years ago, the chapter on secondary metabolites was especially challenging.
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Good B&W photos, more info on lichens than you'll find anywhere but nearly impossible to read and understand if you are not a bontanist.
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