The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles: An Identification Guide to Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae, Volume 1

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 25, 2002 - Nature - 702 pages
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The varied and often beautiful forms of freshwater algae have long held a fascination for naturalists and professional scientists alike, particularly those involved in monitoring and managing the freshwater environment. This Flora provides the first modern account and identification guide to more than 2200 species of freshwater algae found in the British Isles (excluding diatoms), the majority of which also have a world-wide distribution. Non-technical descriptions are supported by clear line illustrations or photographs that emphasise the features significant for identification, most of which can be seen with a simple light microscope. In addition, user-friendly keys enable the accurate identification of specimens to the level of genus or species. Notes are included on ecology, world distribution and any taxonomic problems or identification difficulties. The accompanying CD-ROM photo catalogue of more than 900 spectacular colour images of freshwater algae and their habitats provides a valuable additional reference source and identification tool.
  

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I have bought and read this book on fresh water algae. the book provides a history of algae research and defines the different types of algae found in differing habitats and environments throughout the British isles. The photographs a clear and precise, this book is a great introductory book for the phycology novice and those studying fresh water algae and its use. 

Contents

History of freshwater algal studies in the British Isles
7
Laboratory methods
16
LEWIS School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences University
17
PHYLUM CYANOPHYTA BlueGreen AlgaeCyanobacteria
25
PHYLUM RHODOPHYTA Red Algae
123
OrderColeochaetales D M JOHN 470
143
PHYLUM EUGLENOPHYTA Euglenoids
144
PHYLUM CRYPTOPHYTA Cryptomonads
180
PHYLUM PHAEOPHYTA Brown Algae
278
PHYLUM CHLOROPHYTA Green Algae
287
OrderPrasiolales D M JOHN
473
Order Ulvales i TITLEY
479
Order Charales J E BRYANT and N F STEWART
593
Glossary
615
Standard form of authors of algal names I E JOHN
624
MOESTRUP
627

PHYLUM PYRROPHYTA Dinoflagellates
186
PHYLUM RAPHIDOPHYTA
208
PHYLUM CHRYSOPHYTA Golden Algae
214
PHYLUM XANTHOPHYTA YellowGreen Algae
245
PHYLUM EUSTIGMATOPHYTA
271
Sources of illustrations or material
630
Taxonomic index
664
Subject index
697
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David M. John is Adjunct Professor at the Martin Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway and Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum in London. His main research interests are in the taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of freshwater and tropical marine algae.

Brian A. Whitton is Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Durham. He is currently studying probable increases in organic phosphate in upland streams and rivers and its impact on algae, as well as being involved in providing training on algal identification for water management organisations.

Alan J. Brook is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Buckingham. He has held a number of positions at institutions in the UK, Sudan and the USA, and has spent his research career studying freshwater algae, with particular interest in desmids.

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