Freshwater Algae of North America

1st Edition

Ecology and Classification

Editors: John Wehr Robert Sheath J. Patrick Kociolek
Authors: John Wehr
Hardcover ISBN: 9780127415505
eBook ISBN: 9780080521886
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th November 2002
Page Count: 917
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Table of Contents

Introduction to Freshwater Algae. Freshwater Habits of Algae. Coccoid and Colonial Cyanobacteria. Filamentous Cyanobacteria. Red Algae. Flagellated Green Algae. Non-Motile Coccoid and Colonial Green Algae. Filamentous and Plant-Like Green Algae. Conjugating Green Algal Filaments and Desmids. Photosynthetic Euglenoids. Eustigmatophyte, Raphidophyte, and Tribophyte Algae. Non-Scaled Golden Algae. Haptophyte Algae. Synurophyte Algae. Centric Diatoms. Araphid and Monoraphid Diatoms. Symmetrical Naviculoid Diatoms. Eunotioid and Aysmmetrical Naviculoid Diatoms. Keeled Raphid Diatoms. Dinoflagellates. Cryptophyte Algae. Brown Algae. Use of Algae in Environmental Assessments. Control of Nuisance Algae.

Description

Freshwater algae are among the most diverse and ubiquitous organisms on earth. They occupy an enormous range of ecological conditions from lakes and rivers to acidic peat swamps, inland saline lakes, snow and ice, damp soils, wetlands, desert soils, wastewater treatment plants, and are symbionts in and on many plants, fungi, and animals. In North America, the variety of freshwater habitats colonized by algae is very rich, and offers an enormous and fascinating range of environments for their study. They form the base of most aquatic food webs and are critical to studies of ecosystem health. Algal ecologists and taxonomists play an important role in the understanding of aquatic ecosystems: their biodiversity, productivity, interactions with other organisms, and water quality. This book provides in one volume a practical and comprehensive guide to the genera of freshwater algae known from North America. The format combines the necessary ecological, taxonomic and methodological information for all scientists working in aquatic environments, whether their specialty is in environmental monitoring and water quality assessment, biological composition, ecology, evolution, or molecular biology.

Key Features

Key Features

  • The first complete accounting of North America's freshwater algal genera in more than 50 years
  • Includes a guide to the current literature on species identification in each group of algae
  • High-quality photographs and drawings of more than 770 genera
  • A clear, easy-to-use introductory key to the diagnostic chapters
  • Synthetic chapters on freshwater habitats, use of algae in environmental assessment, and control of nuisance algae
  • Contributions from 27 experts in all areas of freshwater algae
  • Extensive literature citations
  • Companion volume of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates 2nd edition, edited by Throp and Covich

Readership

Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and staff at universities and consulting companies interested in freshwater biology and ecology, limnology, environmental science, invertebrate zoology and related fields. The book will be used as a textbook and should do very well in advanced classes, amny taught at summer field stations.


Details

No. of pages:
917
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2003
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080521886
Hardcover ISBN:
9780127415505

Reviews

"Freshwater phycologists and aquatic microscopists will welcome this book as the first comprehensive, single-volume treatment of the freshwater algae in over half a century...The Editors and their Contributors have done an outstanding job in synthesizing this mass of data, and there is no doubt that this work will be a standard reference, to be followed by up-dated editions." -MODERN MICROSCOPY JOURNAL (2005) "This is an excellent book that provides extensive taxonomic information that has previously been difficult to access by any but taxonomic specialists. ...Any student, researcher, or environmental management professional who routinely works with freshwater ecology should have access to this authoritative and thorough book." —Walter Doods, Kansas State University (August 2002) "This will be a welcome addition to the shelf of phycological researchers and teachers. The coverage is comprehensive both taxonomically in the range of ecological topics. For those of us specializing in freshwater algae, whether it be identifying them or studying their ecology, this kind of text will be an invaluable reference work." —Richard M. McCourt, Associate Curator of Botany, The Academy of Natural Sciences (2002) "...finally after half a century we freshwater phycologists have a single, comprehensive volume that updates G.M. Smith's Freshwater Algae of the United States. It is truly impressive work...Students, water management types and experienced phycologists will all feel the need to dig out heir plankton nets and scum scrapers, resurrect their hip boots and make some wet mounts just to get a chance to use this book." —James Wee, Loyola University (2002)


About the Editors

John Wehr Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Fordham University, Armonk, NY, USA

Robert Sheath Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

California State University San Marcos, USA

J. Patrick Kociolek Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

About the Authors

John Wehr Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Fordham University, Armonk, NY, USA