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

Introduction

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.

Preface

Bryophytes are the foremost green plants to effectively inhabit land 470–551 million years ago (mya) from algal intimates. Conventionally, the word “bryophytes” has been used to explain a paraphyletic assembly of three phyla, Bryophyta (mosses), Marchantiophyta (liverworts), and Anthocerotophyta (hornworts) and their relations have long been a cause of arguments among researchers. Being the first land plants and one of the pioneers along with lichens, they have always fascinated botanists, and consequently the research on this group of miniature plants is global. This book is conceptualized to provide recent trends in bryology to the scientific community worldwide. The study of bryophytes is a basic in land plant evolution, and the most recent progress in molecular and computational biology has permitted for a precise depiction of land colonization and the succeeding evolution. Ecologically, bryophytes are very important and serve as water reservoirs along with their active participation in extremely important biogeochemical cycles, particularly the carbon cycle. Furthermore, there has been an increasing concern for the conservation of bryophytes.

The aim of this book is to present an all-inclusive text concerning current research set-up of bryology to bryologists.

This book is a collection of chapters written by renowned bryologists from Brazil, Pakistan, Malaysia and India who reported findings on diverse aspects of bryology, which include, diversity, conservation through tissue culture, pollution monitoring, bioinformatics, molecular bryology, etc.

The text has been written in a simple graspable language and is profusely illustrated with self-explanatory diagrams.

Suggestions and healthy criticisms will be of much help and value to me and shall be incorporated in the future attempts.

Afroz Alam
Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology,
Banasthali Vidyapith,
Rajasthan- 304022,
India

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