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Spans a broad range of topics. In the Systematic part (8 contributions), a new genus, Kuerschneria, and four new species are described as new to science. Two papers include molecular analyses (genera Oxystegus and Palustriella), one a morphometric analysis of the genus Gymnostomiella, and five papers deal with classical morpho-anatomical systematic treatments (moss genus Forsstroemia and liverwort genera, Ceratolejeunea and Lejeunea).
The Phytodiversity part (9 contributions) presents an impressive example for the recent ongoing worldwide survey on the diversity of bryophytes, ranging from Europe to South-West Asia, Macaronesia (Selvagens Islands), the Himalayan region, southern South America and to Ile Amsterdam in the South Indian Ocean. These are contributions to different countries and regions (Greece, Montenegro, Turkey, Bhutan, Chile, Sino-Himalayan region), and to the oceanic islands Selvagens and Ile Amsterdam.
The Phytosociology and Ecology part (5 papers) gives an impression of the phytosociological and ecological work in the Tropics (2 contributions, neotropical trunk-epiphytes), two concern vegetation units in Europe and one the ecology of genus Porella in Madeira. The volume is completed with a contribution on asexual reproduction (propagula types) in pleurocarpous mosses.
Frey, W.: A tribute to Harald Kürschner (With 10 figures) 9
Ochyra, R. & H. Bednarek-Ochyra: Kuerschneria, a new pleurocarpous moss genus from Brazil (With 1 figure) 25
Köckinger, H., O. Werner & R. M. Ros: A new taxonomic approach to the genus Oxystegus (Pottiaceae, Bryophyta) in Europe based on molecular data (With 2 figures and 1 appendix) 31
Hedenäs, L.: ITS distinguishes Palustriella falcata from P. commutata and P. decipiens, but not from P. pluristratosa (Amblystegiaceae, Bryophyta) (With 3 figures and 2 tables) 51
Hedenäs, L. & H. Zare: The Euxinian-Hyrcanian endemic species Forsstroemia remotifolia (Lindb. ex Broth.) Hedenäs & Zare, comb. nov. (Neckeraceae, Bryophyta) (With 1 figure and 1 table) 61
González-Mancebo, J. M., J. Patiño, A. Rodríguez-Romero, O. Werner & R. M. Ros: Gymnostomiella (Pottiaceae, Bryophyta) revisited: new insights revealed by a morphometric analysis (With 4 figures, 3 tables and 1 appendix) 69
Fischer, E. & A. Vanderpoorten: New records for the liverwort flora of Gabon, with a description of Ceratolejeunea kuerschneri, sp. nov. (Lejeuneaceae, Jungermanniopsida) (With 6 figures) 85
Pócs, T.: On some new or less known Lejeunea (Lejeuneaceae, Jungermanniopsida) species in tropical Africa. East African Bryophytes, XXVII (With 9 plates) 99
Reiner-Drehwald, M. E.: On Lejeunea subgenus Nanolejeunea (Lejeuneaceae, Jungermanniopsida) (With 4 figures) 117
Blockeel, T. L.: The bryophytes of Greece: new records and observations, 2 (With 2 figures) 129
Papp, B. & P. Erzberger: Contributions to the bryophyte flora of Durmitor National Park, Montenegro (With 1 figure) 147
Lara, F., V. Mazimpaka, R. Medina, R. Caparrós & R. Garilleti: Northeastern Turkey, an unnoticed but very important area for the Orthotrichaceae (Bryophyta) (With 17 figures and 1 appendix) 165
Erdağ, A. & M. Kirmaci: Zygodon forsteri (Orthotrichaceae, Bryophyta), a new record to the bryophyte flora of Turkey and SW Asia (With 2 figures) 181
Sim-Sim, M., S. Fontinha, L. Luís, C. Lobo & M. Stech: The Selvagens Islands bryoflora and its relation with islands of the Madeira and Canary Islands Archipelagos (With 4 figures and 2 tables) 187
Ván(a, J. & D. G. Long: Gymnomitriaceae (Jungermanniopsida) of the Sino-Himalayan region 201
Sollman, P.: Several pottiaceous mosses reported new for Bhutan 207
Buck, W. R. & B. Goffinet: Preliminary key to the mosses of Isla Navarino, Chile (Prov. Antártica Chilena) (With 6 figures) 215
Váňa, J., M. Lebouvier, R. Ochyra, H. Bednarek-Ochyra & B. Cykowska: Two noteworthy records of hepatics from Île Amsterdam in the South Indian Ocean (With 4 figures) 231
Parolly, G. & E. Zippel: Phytogeographical composition of neotropical trunk-epiphytic bryophyte communities. Ecosociological studies in Ecuadorian bryophyte communities, VII. (With 3 figures, 1 table and 1 appendix) 243
Puglisi, M.: Contribution to the bryophyte vegetation of the Pelagian Archipelago: the Island of Linosa (Sicily Channel, Italy) (With 1 figure, 20 tables, and 2 appendices) 259
Hugonnot, V.: The Fissidento adianthoidis-Dichelymetum capillacei ass. nov. in the Leyre valley (Gironde, south-western France) (With 3 figures, 1 table and 1 appendix) 285
Fontinha, S., M. Sim-Sim & C. Sérgio: The genus Porella (Porellaceae, Marchantiophyta) in Madeira Archipelago: ecological and morphological approaches (With 4 figures, 3 tables and 1 appendix) 297
Gradstein, S. R. & S. G. Sporn: Land-use change and epiphytic bryophyte diversity in the Tropics (With 4 figures and 4 photographs) 311
Fritz, S., K. Lieske & W. Frey: Vegetative (asexual) reproduction by propagules in six dioicous pleurocarpous mosses. A morphological study (With 3 figures and 3 tables) 325
"In 2010 the 60th birthday of Professor Harald Kürschner was celebrated. This German bryologist has been associated for nearly 30 years with the Institute of Biology of the Free University of Berlin, where he passed all the milestones of his academic career, from assistant in 1982 to the professorship to which he was appointed in 2006. His scientific interests span a broad range of topics in bryology and geobotany. The main regions of his activity are the Near East, Central Asia and Europe, including Macaronesia, but he has also worked and published accounts from tropical Asia (Borneo), Africa (Rwanda, Congo) and South America (Ecuador, Peru). Kürschner’s work covers a wide spectrum of scientific branches, from systematics through phytogeography and ecology (with special reference to the life strategies and ecomorphological adaptations of bryophytes) to phytosociology and geobotany. Although he is engaged primarily in the study of bryophytes, he is also an eminent expert on vascular plants, which he has dealt with in numerous publications. During the more than thirty years of his scientific career, Harald Kürschner has published about 240 research papers and has undertaken nearly 70 scientific research journeys. As befits the occasion of his 60th birthday, his colleagues, friends and disciples have completed a special volume dedicated to the celebrant in recognition of his huge contribution to bryology and plant science.
The Harald Kürschner Festschrift consists of 23 papers contributed by an international gallery of 45 authors from 16 European countries and the United States of America. They are arranged in four subject groups corresponding to the main research areas of Harald Kürschner, namely systematics (8 papers), phytodiversity (9), phytosociology (3) and bryophyte ecology (3). As is the custom with festschrifts, the volume begins with a biographical sketch of the celebrant written by his friend and collaborator of many years, Professor Wolfgang Frey, who also edited the book. This introductory tribute is illustrated with photographs from various scientific expeditions which are of no small historical value. In most festschrifts the person to whom are they dedicated serves as an eponym for newly described taxa, and that is the case here. Professor Kürschner’s name is immortalised in the generic name Kuerschneria Ochyra & Bednarek-Ochyra which was established for a Brazilian endemic species, K. laevigata (Herzog) Ochyra & Bednarek-Ochyra, of the family Sematophyllaceae, and in two African liverwort species of the Lejeuneaceae: Lejeunea kuerschneriana Pócs from Kenya and Ceratolejeunea kuerschneri Eb. Fisch. & Vanderpoorten from Gabon.
The papers presented in this volume should be of interest to bryologists working in various fields. In the section on systematics, five new species are described, including Oxystegus minor Köckinger, O. Werner & Ros from Europe, and a number of new synonyms have been proposed for exotic hepatics and mosses. Among the taxonomic accounts, the surveys of the genera Gymno stomiella M. Fleisch., Palustriella Ochyra and Oxystegus (Broth.) Hilp. in Europe should be of general interest. The first is based upon a morphometric analysis of the species concerned, and the other two papers include molecular analyses. The remaining systematic papers are classical studies based on morphological and anatomical features. They provide new country or continental records and offer a number of taxonomic and nomenclatural novelties. The change of name and generic placement of the well known Asian species Forsstroemia remotifolia (Broth.) Hedenäs & Zare (formerly Pseudoleskeella laxiramea (Schiffn.) Broth.) merits the special attention of students of the moss flora of the Near East.
The section on phytogeography consists of nine papers devoted to the bryodiversity of various regions of the globe, ranging from Europe (Greece, Montenegro, Turkey) and Macaronesia (Selvagens Islands) through Asia (India, Bhutan, Nepal, China) to southern South America (Isla Navarino in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago) and the very isolated and remote Île Amsterdam in the South Indian Ocean. They give many valuable and interesting records of taxa which often throw new light on the phytogeographical status of the species.
The phytosociological and ecological sections comprise two accounts of neotropical trunk epiphytes, a treatment of the bryophyte vegetation of the Pelagian Archipelago in the Sicily Channel, a description of a new aquatic moss association from France and an ecological study of the hepatic genus Porella L. in Madeira. The final article is a valuable and interesting contribution dealing with asexual reproduction by various types of propagule in common and widespread European moss species, including Abietinella abietina (Hedw.) M. Fleisch., Pleurozium schreberi (Brid.) Mitt., Pseudoscleropodium purum (Hedw.) Broth. and Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus (Hedw.) Warnst. It is generally overlooked that these species propagate mainly through clonal reproduction by more or less specialized propagules, including brood branches or branchlets, caducous shoot apices and caducous leaves.
Harald Kürschner deserves special recognition for his distinguished scholarship and outstanding contributions to bryology and geobotany, and the present collection of papers honoring his scientific and academic career is the best gift he could receive from his friends and disciples on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The book’s pleasing appearance, perspicuous editorial style and elegant printing, coupled with its high scientific standard, make it a highly absorbing work."
– Ryszard Ochyra, Polish Botanical Journal 56 (1), 2011