Bryophyte Biology - 2nd ed

Edited by A. Jonathan Shaw, Bernard Goffinet 
Cambridge University Press  October 2008  

Paperback  580 pp  ISBN 9780521693226      £38.00

Hardback  580 pp  ISBN 9780521872256      £87.00
Bryophyte Biology provides an extensive overview of the hornworts, liverworts, and mosses; diverse groups of land plants that occupy a great variety of habitats throughout the world. This new edition covers essential aspects of bryophyte biology, from morphology, physiological ecology and conservation, to speciation, and genomics. Revised classifications incorporate contributions from recent phylogenetic studies. Six new chapters complement fully updated chapters from the original book to provide a completely up-to-date resource. New chapters focus on the contributions of Physcomitrella to plant genomic research, population ecology of bryophytes, mechanisms of drought tolerance, a phylogenomic perspective on land plant evolution, and problems and progress of bryophyte speciation and conservation. Written by leaders in the field, this book offers an authoritative treatment of bryophyte biology, with rich citation of the current literature, suitable for advanced students and researchers.

  • Up-to-date classifications of mosses, liverworts and hornworts based on the latest molecular results
  • Coverage of all aspects of bryophyte biology by experts in the field.
  • The book is rich in references to primary literature, providing an entry point for more intensive research



1. Morphology and classification of the Marchantiophyta Barbara Crandall-Stotler, Raymond E. Stotler and David G. Long;
2. Morphology and classification of the Bryophyta Bernard Goffinet, William R. Buck and A. Jonathan Shaw;
3. New insights into morphology, anatomy and systematics of hornworts Karen S. Renzaglia, Juan Carlos Villarreal A. and R. Joel Duff;
4. Phylogenomics and early land plant evolution Brent D. Mishler and Dean G. Kelch;
5. Mosses as model organisms for developmental, cellular and molecular biology Andrew C. Cuming;
6. Physiological ecology Michael C. F. Proctor;
7. Biochemical and molecular mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in bryophytes Mel J. Oliver;
8. Mineral nutrition and substratum ecology Jeff W. Bates;
9. The structure and function of bryophyte dominated peatlands Dale H. Vitt and R. Kelman Wieder;
10. Population and community ecology of bryophytes Hakan Rydin;
11. Bryophyte species and speciation A. Jonathan Shaw;
12. Conservation biology of bryophytes Alain Vanderpoorten and Tomas Hallingbäck.

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