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Graham, Linda E., 1946-
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Upper Saddler River, NJ : Prentice Hall, [2000]

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1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations ; 26 cm
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QK566 .G735 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Current, comprehensive, and readily accessible to all readers regardless of their knowledge on the subject, this information-packed resource on freshwater, marine, and terrestrial algae forms focuses on what peoplereally want to know about algae—why they are so diverse; how they are related; how to distinguish the major types; their roles in food webs, global biogeochemical cycling; the formation of harmful algae bloom; and how we utilize them. Provides a stimulating overview of the importance of algae. Covers biotic associations involving algae, with discussions on herbivory interactions, algal food quality, symbioses, pathogeneic interactions, and more. Considers the economic, ecological, and biotechnological applications of algae, and provides complete coverage on algal biodiversity, classification systems, molecular phylogenetics, and application of molecular information to ecological problems. Offers a detailed study on endosymbiosis. and includes intensive, stand-alone chapters on cryptomonads, dinoflagellates, ochrophytes, red algae, green algae, and phytoplankton ecology. Covers new analytical techniques (i.e. molecular phylogenetics, DNA-based approaches to the study of life cycles, and fluorescence methods for the study for photosynthesis); integrates many interesting boxed essays; and enhances material with numerous photos and illustrations. For researchers and professionals in the fields of aquatic ecology and technological application of algae.

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This excellent new entry into the basic phycology book market is a review of the varied groups of organisms collected under the heading of "algae." Algae follows the tried-and-true format of Harold C. Bold and Michael J. Wynne's classical Introduction to the Algae (1st ed., CH, Sep'78; 2nd ed., 1985). Graham and Wilcox (Univ. of Wisconsin) introduce the algal groups in order of phylogenetic divergence based on molecular evidence, an area of study in phycology that has exploded in the past 15 years. Along with the usual "taxon" chapters dedicated to cellular structure and chemistry, reproduction, ecology, phylogeny, fossil record (if present), and examples of common or important genera in the group, this book offers treatments on algal biogeochemistry, biotic associations, technology, phytoplankton ecology, and macroalgal and periphyton ecology. Subdivisional taxa (class, order, family) are given in the taxonomic treatments only when supported by both classical and molecular evidence. The volume is richly illustrated with photos from subcellular to macroscopic levels. Many references cited are post-1990, reflecting the molecular evidence that is the foundation of the book's taxonomic conclusions. Highly recommended for academic libraries. For upper-division undergraduates through professionals in basic phycology, wetlands monitoring, and aquatic ecology. C. W. Schneider; Trinity College (CT)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the Algae--Occurrence, Relationships, Nutrition, Definition, General Features
2 The Roles of Algae in Biochemistry
3 Algae in Biotic Associations
4 Technological Applications of Algae
5 Algal Diversity and Relationships--Taxonomy, Systematics, and Phylogeny
6 Cyanobacteria (Chloroxybacteria)
7 Endosymbiosis and the Origin of Eukaryotic Algae--With a Focus on Glaucophytes, Chlorarachniophytes, and Apicomlexans
8 Euglenoids
9 Cryptomonads
10 Haptophytes
11 Dinoflagellates
12 Ochrophytes I--Introduction to the Ochrophytes and a focus on Diatoms
13 Ochrophytes II--Raphidophyceans, Chrysophyceans, Synurophyceans, and Eustigmatophyceans
14 Ochrophytes III--Pelagophyceans, Silicoflagellates, Pedinellids, and Related Forms
15 Ochrophytes IV--Chrysomeridaleans, Phaeothamniophyceans, Tribophyceans, and Phaeophyceans
16 Red Algae
17 Green Algae I--Introduction and Prasinophyceans
18 Green Algae II--Ulvophyceans
19 Green Algae III--Trebouxiophyceans
20 Green Algae IV--Chlorophyceans
21 Green Algae V--Charophyceans
22 Phytoplankton Ecology
23 Macroalgal and Periphyton Ecology