Bryophyte Systematics

Ed.: Norton G. Miller

1991. 264 pages, 14x22cm, 600 g
Language: English

(Advances in Bryology, Band 4)

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The first eight papers in this volume present thorough reviews of significant research topics in systematic bryology. These topics will continue to be explored vigorously in laboratory and bryological centers throughout the world. Four contributions focus on techniques or procedures of widespread applicability—techniques required to grow bryophytes under controlled artificial conditions, secondary metabolites as taxonomic characters, the relative roles of gametophytic versus sporophytic characters in systematics, and the electronic capture and storage of data. Four other papers deal with long standing problems in the evolution of bryophytes. Detailed in one is the considerable progress made recently in understanding speciation modes in various major bryophyte groups. In the others the topics include the genetic interpretation of ecotypic variation and population structure, ontogenetic criteria as a method to establish the homology between or among similar structures (and as sources of phylogenetic clues), and the growing body of evidence favoring embryophyte (including ‘bryophyte’) monophyly rooted in the Charalean algae. The final contribution, an epilogue, presents a personal view of the status of bryophyte taxonomy and of promising future directions for research.

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Editor's Preface vii
Applications of Enzyme Electrophoresis to Bryophyte Systematics and
Population Biology, by Ann Stoneburner, Robert Wyatt & Ireneusz
J. Odrzykoski 1
Ecological Genetics, Evolutionary Constraints, and the Systematics of
Bryophytes, by A. Jonathan Shaw 29
The Secondary Chemistry of the Marchantiales, by Alan T. Whittemore 75
Laboratory and Greenhouse Cultures and the Experimental Taxonomy
of Bryophytes, by Cyrus B. McQueen 103
The Use of Ontogenetic Data in Phylogenetic Analyses of Mosses, by
Brent D. Mishler & Efrain De Luna 121
The Basis for Familial Classification of Pleurocarpous Mosses, by
William R. Buck 169
Electronic Data Processing in Bryological Research, Especially Systematics,
by Robert E. Magill 187
Phylogenetic Connections Between the 'Green Algae' and the 'Bryophytes,'
by Linda E. Graham, Charles F. Delwiche & Brent D. Mishler 213
Epilogue: Some Thoughts on the Inadequacies of Bryophyte Taxonomy,
by Howard Crum 245