Lichen Biology Paperback – Jan 26 1996
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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
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.See all Product Description
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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")
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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.
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