This book reflects the themes of the three one-day sessions of the British Bryological Society Centenary Symposium, deals with origins, evolution and systematics of bryophytes and covers a range of interrelated topics involving function of bryophytes and interactions with their environment.
Table of Contents
Welcome to the Centenary Symposium Part 1: A Special Tribute 1. The life and work of Paul Westmacott Richards December 19, 1908-October 4, 1995 Part 2. Origins, Evolution and Systematics 2. The fossil record of early land plants and interrelationships between primitive embryophytes: too little and too late? 3. Bryophyte phylogeny and the evolution of land plants: Evidence from development and ultrastrutcure 4. Bryophytes and the Origins and Diversification of Land Plants: New Evidence from Molecules 5. A molecular approach to bryophyte systematics 6. Molecular Taxonomy of Liverworts 7. Spore colour and ornamentation in the taxonomy of Asterella (Marchantiales, Aytoniaceae) 8. The ordinal classification of the mosses: Questions and answers for the 1990s 9. Cladistic studies on pleurocarpous mosses: Research needs, and use of results 10. Revised generic classification of the Orthotrichaceae based on a molecular phylogeny and comparative morphology 11. Genetic analysis of a hybrid zone in Mielichhoferia (Musci) Part 3. Morphogenesis and Cell Biology 12. Auxin structure-activity relationships in Physcomitrella patens 13. Origin of bicentrioles in Anthocerote spermatogenous cells 14. Microtubules and gametophyte morphogenesis in the liverwort Marchantia paleacea Bert 15. Protonemal morphogenesis 16. Gravitropism in moss protonemata Part 4. Physiology, Ecology, Pollution and Global Change 17. New perspectives in the biophysics and physiology of bryophytes 18. Ecophysiology of photosynthetic pigments in aquatic bryophytes 19. Nutrient retention, desiccation and redistribution in mosses 20. Quantifying bryophyte-environment relationships 21. Modelling the dynamics of bryophyte populations 22. Effects of ozone and atmospheric nitrogen deposition on bryophytes 23. Effects of increased carbon dioxide and nitrogen supply on mosses 24. Sphagnum, the peatland carbon economy, and climate change 25. Reproductive biology and life-history strategies