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Lichen Biology

By: Thomas H Nash III(Editor)

486 pages, illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2008 | Edition: 2 | #170340 | ISBN-13: 9780521692168
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Hardback | Jun 2008 | Edition: 2 | #170339 | ISBN-13: 9780521871624
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About this book

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.

"[...] 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

"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

"This book is learned in style and is avowedly aimed at the specialist, whether amateur or professional. I would add that it should be an essential reference for serious students, project researchers, and teachers of lichenology, It is a very timely an up-to-date summary of the state of lichenological studies."
Lichen Biology

"This new edition is most welcome [...] a work all mycological (including lichenological) libraries should have available for consultation on their shelves."
– Mycological Research

Review of the first edition:

"[...] 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



1. Introduction
2. Photobionts T. Friedl and B. Budel
3. Mycobionts M. Honegger
4. Thallus morphology and anatomy B. Budel and C. Scheidegger
5. Morphogenesis M. Honegger
6. Photosynthesis, respiration, productivity and growth T. Nash
7. Nitrogen, its metabolism and potential contribution to ecosystems T. Nash
8. Nutrients, elemental accumulation and mineral cycling T. Nash
9. Biochemistry and secondary metabolites J. Elix
10. The lichen as an individual, and its population ecology D. Fahselt
11. Lichen biogeography D. Galloway
12. Systematics, phylogeny and classification A. Tehler
13. Lichens as indicators of air pollution C. Gries


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Thomas H. Nash III is Professor of Plant Biology in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He has over 35 years teaching experience in Ecology, Lichenology and Statistics, and has taught in Austria (Fulbright Fellowship) and conducted research in Australia, Germany (junior and senior von Humbolt Foundation fellowships), Mexico and South America, and the USA. He has co-authored five previous books and over 200 scientific articles.

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