547 pages, 374 line diagrams, 144 b&w illus
Phycology is the study of algae, the primary photosynthetic organisms in freshwater and marine food chains. As a food source for zooplankton and filter-feeding shellfish, the algae are an extremely important group.
Since the publication of the first edition in 1981, this textbook has established itself as a classic resource on phycology. This revised edition maintains the format of previous editions, whilst incorporating the latest information from nucleic acid sequencing studies. Detailed life-history drawings of algae are presented alongside information on the cytology, ecology, biochemistry, and economic importance of selected genera.
Phycology is suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students following courses in phycology, limnology or biological oceanography. Emphasis is placed on those algae that are commonly covered in phycology courses, and encountered by students in marine and freshwater habitats.
' ! a welcome addition to the field of phycology and a very readable review of many aspects of this diverse discipline.' Bulletin of Marine Science ' ! an outstanding introductory text'. BioScience ' ! an excellent introduction to general phycology'. Choice 'I recommend this book as good value for money for marine biologists and ecologists.' J. A. Raven, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology ' ! an excellent introduction and overview on the different groups of algae, their differences in morphology, physiology, life cycles, ecology and systematics. In addition, it is a valuable reference on the modern concepts in the study of algae. Thus, this book is of great value to students but also to scientists who want to grow and work with algae.' Journal of Plant Physiology
Preface; Part I. Introduction: 1. Basic characteristics of the algae; Part II. The Procaryotic Algae: 2. Cyanobacteria; Part III. Evolution of the Chloroplast: 3. Glaucophyta; 4. Rhodophyta; 5. Chlorophyts; Part IV. Evolution of One Membrane of Chloroplast Endoplasmic Reticulum: 6. Euglenophyta; 7. Dinophyta; Part V. Evolution of Two Membranes of Chloroplast Endoplasmic Reticulum: 8. Cryptophyta; 9. Heterokontophyta, Chrysophyceae; 10. Heterokontophyta, Synurophyceae; 11. Heterokontophyta, Dictyochophyceae; 12. Heterokontophyta, Pelagophyceae; 13. Heterokontophyta, Bacillariophyceae; 14. Heterokontophyta, Raphidophyceae; 15. Heterokontophyta, Xanthophyceae; 16. Heterokontophyta, Eustigmatophyceae; 17. Heterokontophyta, Phaeophyceae; 18. Prymnesiophyta; Glossary.
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Robert Lee has had a long and varied career, teaching worldwide in countries including South Africa and Iran, as well as at Harvard Medical School, and Colorado State University, where he currently works as a Teaching Coordinator in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.