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  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (Jan. 26 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521459745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521459747
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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'... 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

'... 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

'... written by ten authors from seven countries ... hence the most important laboratories are represented ... an interesting manual and textbook for researchers, students and teachers.' Z. Sesták, Photosynthetica ' ... has much to commend it ... excellently produced work.' The Naturalist

'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

'... most welcome ... a valuable reference for both students and researchers ...' Mycological Research

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Lichens provide the best known example of symbiosis, combining fungi and algae in an intimate biological union. This up-to-date account spans their anatomical, morphological, physiological and ecological aspects and provides a modern overview of lichen biogeography and systematics.

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Lichens are by definition symbiotic organisms composed of fungal partner, the mycobiont (Chapter 3), and one or more photosynthetic partners, the photobiont (Chapter 2), that may be either a green alga or a cyanobacterium. Read the first page
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This book is not light reading. It is, however, the best book currently available for a complete introduction to the biology of lichens. Topics range from morphology and physiology to ecology. It would benefit from diagrams to accompany the many photographs.
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Lichen Biology,ed Thomas H. III;
Pub: 1996, U. of Cambridge Press Syndicate;
Print: U. of Cambridge University Press;
ICBN 0 521 45974 5, paperback, 303pp, W6"xH9"
Index, Bibliography, no Glossary;
Good quality paper, glued in signatures (glue still flexible after 16 years!), b/w photos.

This volume continues a series begun by Dr. M. E. Hale of the Smithsonian Museum; Hale's 3rd (and last) edition
of his The Biology of Lichens (underline!) dates from 1983.

In his preface, Dr. Nash describes Hale's work: "Because it summarized a wide range of information not found readily in other sources, it made seminal contributions to the development of lichenology... ."

In editor Nash's Lichen Biology (underline), the chapters are portioned out to specialist lichenologists. This demonstrates the vast expansion of investigations into the phenomena of lichens: No longer can a person become a Renaissance lichenologist!

You will be pleased to find that this text presented by Dr. Nash remains true to his assessment of Dr. Hale's work,
as cited above.

I would couple Lichen Biology (underline) with Ainsworth & Bisby's Dictionary of the Fungi (underline), 8th ed. . A&B will provide a quick reference for terms, systematics and authors mentioned but not explained in Nash's text.

(N. B. Amazonians: Here's a chance to 'sell across', e.g. "get a deal if purchase both")

Regards,
Larry Williams
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Good B&W photos, more info on lichens than you'll find anywhere but nearly impossible to read and understand if you are not a bontanist.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb708e834) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb7103228) out of 5 stars Lichen Biology Dec 12 2000
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I agree with the other two reviewers: if you have no experience with the life sciences it would be best to begin with a book like W. Pervis's Lichens. However, Nash's Lichen Biology is an outstanding text for more detailed and advanced questions on the interworkings of these unique organisms/ecosystems. Each chapter is authored by experts in smaller aspects of lichenology (chemistry, anatomy, taxonomy, ecology etc.), making the complete work very well-rounded.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb713da5c) out of 5 stars Excellent introduction for serious students of botany Oct. 27 1999
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Format: Paperback
This book is not light reading. It is, however, the best book currently available for a complete introduction to the biology of lichens. Topics range from morphology and physiology to ecology. It would benefit from diagrams to accompany the many photographs.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb7139204) out of 5 stars Detailed overview of what makes lichens tick Aug. 27 2009
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The first decade of the 21st century has been very good to those of us interested in lichens. There were Brodo and the Sharnoffs' majestic Lichens of North America, the Hinds' The Macrolichens of New England (Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden, Volume 96), the second edition of McCune and Geiser's Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest: Second Edition, the completion of Nash, Gries, and Bungartz's three-volume Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region, plus the new edition of the British Lichen Society's The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland. (These last two are not available through Amazon.)

But these are all chiefly guidebooks to individual species, comprising mostly descriptions, keys, and photographs. To complement them, we now have the second edition of Lichen Biology, edited by Nash. This is a broad and detailed overview of what makes lichens tick, with chapters on anatomy and morphology, reproduction, biochemistry, ecology, physiology, biogeography, taxonomy, and more.

Lichen Biology won't help you tell an Usnea from a Bryoria but it will help you understand the many complex dimensions of these interesting symbiotic organisms. Others commenting on the first edition noted that it is a technical book. This is true, and some chapters are denser than others. (For someone like me who forgot everything he knew about organic chemistry many years ago, the chapter on secondary metabolites was especially challenging.)

My only reservation about Lichen Biology is that the pace of current research using DNA sequence data to establish phylogenies will make the chapters on systematics and taxonomy out of date very quickly.

I will give Lichen Biology four stars - terrific for serious students but destined to be a disappointment to a beginner. If you want a first book on lichens, this is not the place to start. Spring for the big one, Lichens of North America.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6f75bb8) out of 5 stars Very Technical--Not a book for the amateur! July 12 1998
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Good B&W photos, more info on lichens than you'll find anywhere but nearly impossible to read and understand if you are not a bontanist.
HASH(0xb6f75c90) out of 5 stars Excellent resource on Lichens! Sept. 7 2012
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Very comprehensive text and updated in 2008. If it's about Lichens it's in this book. I still fail to understand how a reviewer can give only 2 stars because they didn't do their homework before buying the book. It's not the books fault. :-)


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