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Cyanoprokaryotes are probably the oldest organisms with plant metabolism. However, their cell structure and type of asexual reproduction prove their eubacterial origin. In spite of their existence from Precambrian onwards they have not lost their vitality, and still are able to colonize all possible biotopes, including very extreme environments (thermal springs up to 80 °C, rocks in extremely hot or cold deserts in both the tropics and Antarctica, hypersaline lakes and marshes, biotopes in volcanic regions, and other harsh habitats).
This book is a review of all the cyanoprokaryotic taxonomic units, registered and recognizable from European natural biotopes, including the marine coasts. Our determination keys and taxonomic descriptions should permit the identification of natural populations, and should be related to known culture material. Numerous strains were isolated, kept in strain collections and used as important model organisms for experiments of various kinds. Only a few Cyanoprokaryotes grow in culture in the typical form known from nature, the others usually need special procedures to induce their typical forms and life cycles. The identification of strains without previous knowledge of natural material needs to be studied with a special care.
This book was written for identification and standardization of known, morphologically and ecologically distinguishable European Cyanoprokaryotes that have been described from natural populations. In the introductory part only data important for identification practice are therefore included. At the end of this chapter we append a list of this basic literature, which comprises all the necessary detailed information. We have selected accurate drawings of described species. We also present illustrations of some non-European species when such figures are needed in order to understand the generic diacritical features or infrageneric diversity.
(..) Das Werk erfreut aber dennoch mit einer ungeheuren F lle von Fakten und neueren Befunden. Es wird daher f r alle, die sich intensiv mit den so vielf ltigen und interessanten Cyanobakterien befassen, eine unentbehrliche Arbeitshilfe sein.Mikrokosmos (..) We can recommend this well-illustrated manual for algologists who wish to develop their skills in identifying freshwater Cyanobacteria. It is indispensable for algologists, botanists, and biologists as a new complementary book of the S sswasserflora von Mitteleuropa series. We recommend it also in university education.Acta Botanica Hungarica