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  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (26 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521459745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521459747
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,543,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This up-to-date account spans anatomical, morphological, physiological and ecological aspects and provides a modern overview of lichen biogeography and systematics. The contribution of lichen secondary metabolites to medicine, and the use of lichens as indicators of air pollution, are also reviewed.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Pool on 7 Dec. 2010
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A very comprehensive book on the biology which gives excellent references when a subject is not covered in depth To be recommended
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I hear good reports from my grandson who has an interest in these fascinating organisms and for whom this book was purchased as a present.
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By Lucas on 4 Feb. 2013
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I highly recommend this book for everybody interested in any aspect by lichens. In my opinion is the best scientific book about it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent introduction for serious students of botany 27 Oct. 1999
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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 13 Dec. 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.
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Very Technical--Not a book for the amateur! 13 July 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.
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Detailed overview of what makes lichens tick 27 Aug. 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.
A must for anyone studying lichens 19 Jan. 2014
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This is a great reference for anyone who is studying lichens. I have not read the entire book, but only the parts that apply to the work that I am doing. It is probably more for the professional or trained biologist or lichenologist. This is not a book for casual reading or for beginners.
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