Photosynthesis in Bryophytes and Early Land Plants, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 9400769881
  • ISBN-13: 9789400769885
  • DDC: 588
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 342 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Bryophytes, which are important constituents of ecosystems globally and often dominate carbon and water dynamics at high latitudes and elevations, were also among the pioneers of terrestrial photosynthesis. Consequently, in addition to their present day ecological value, modern representatives of these groups contain the legacy of adaptations that led to the greening of Earth. This volume brings together experts on bryophyte photosynthesis whose research spans the genome and cell through whole plant and ecosystem function and combines that with historical perspectives on the role of algal, bryophyte and vascular plant ancestors on terrestrialization of the Earth. The eighteen well-illustrated chapters reveal unique physiological approaches to achieving carbon balance and dealing with environmental limitations and stresses that present an alternative, yet successful strategy for land plants.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
From the Series Editors.
Series Editors.
The Editors.
Author Index.
1: What Can We Learn From Bryophyte Photosynthesis?.
2: Early Terrestrialization: Transition from Algal to Bryophyte Grade.
3: Photosynthesis in Early Land Plants: Adapting to the Terrestrial Environment.
4: The Diversification of Bryophytes and Vascular Plants in Evolving Terrestrial Environments.
5: Best Practices for Measuring Photosynthesis at Multiple Scales.
6: Diffusion Limitation and CO2 Concentrating Mechanisms in Bryophytes.
7: Sunsafe Bryophytes: Photoprotection from Excess and Damaging Solar Radiation.
8: Chloroplast Movement in Higher Plants, Ferns and Bryophytes: A Comparative Point of View.
9: Scaling Light Harvesting from Moss “Leaves” to Canopies.
10: Structural and Functional Analyses of Bryophyte Canopies.
11: Genetics and Genomics of Moss Models: Physiology Enters the Twenty-first Century.
12: Photosynthesis in Aquatic Bryophytes.
13: Physiological Ecology of Peatland Bryophytes.
14: Interacting Controls on Ecosystem Photosynthesis and Respiration in Contrasting Peatland Ecosystems.
15: Physiological Ecology of Tropical Bryophytes.
16: Physiological Ecology of Dryland Biocrust Mosses.
17: Dominating the Antarctic Environment: Bryophytes in a Time of Change.
18: Opportunities in Bryophyte Photosynthesis Research.
Subject Index.