Editor: Afroz Alam

Series Title: Recent Advances in Botanical Science

Contemporary Research on Bryophytes

Volume 1

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ISSN: 2717-5359 (Print)
ISSN: 2717-5367 (Online)
ISBN: 978-981-14-3376-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-14-3378-8 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2019
DOI: 10.2174/97898114337881200101


This reference provides information about recent trends in bryology in parts of India, tropical rainforests and arctic regions. Bryophytes are the earliest land plants and quite fascinating in their overall diversity. All through its history, bryological study has contributed considerably to the field of plant sciences, for instance, the discovery of sex chromosomes in plants. The study of bryophytes is fundamental to our understanding of land plant evolution, and the latest progress in molecular phylogenetics and genomics have given researchers a clear depiction of land colonization of plants and subsequent terrestrial progression. Ecologically, the importance of bryophytes for the participation in biogeochemical cycles, in particular carbon cycle is now appreciated. Further, there has been an escalating interest in the conservation biology of bryophytes.

The contributors have put forward holistic information regarding current research scenario of bryology in a range of environments to readers learning about research in applied bryology. The compilation of reviews presents reported findings related to various aspects of the subject, such as, conservation, diversity, tissue culture, bio-monitoring, computational bryology, molecular bryology, and species.

Botanists and bryologists will receive updated information that will be valuable for their research work. The reader-friendly text is also suitable for beginners in applied plant science.


The book titled: ‘Contemporary Research on Bryophytes’ is edited by Dr Afroz Alam, who received his initial training in bryological research at the Department of Botany, University of Lucknow, Lucknow - an internationally acclaimed and foremost centre of research in the field of plant sciences in India for nearly eight decades. This book is an extremely remarkable effort for compilation of the diverse aspects of bryology to 12 articles contributed by Indian as well as overseas bryologists specially from Brazil and Pakistan, covering the current status of bryological research in these countries. The areas covered are related to contributions to the conservation of endangered bryophytes through tissue culture, the present status of Antarctic bryology, application of molecular approaches and bioinformatics to study bryophytes besides, morphology, taxonomy and bryodiversity. It provides information on both the modern aspects of research in bryology and also the classical aspect which is commendable on the part of the contributors. I hope that the book will benefit the researchers and serve as a reference resource in the specialisation of plant sciences, an area of research not so popularly known in this part of the world.

S C Srivastava
Former Professor & Head
Department of Botany
University of Lucknow
Lucknow (U.P.)


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