Moss: Classification, Development and Growth and Functional Role in Ecosystems


Jorma Mohamed (Editor)

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI045000

Terrestrial moss communities are widely distributed among the Earth’s major biomes, including equatorial to polar latitudes. Because of their high primary productivity, relatively dense vegetative structure, and alteration of the substratum through deposition of organic matter, moss communities often support rich and diversified microbial communities.

This book examines microbial communities in terrestrial moss in further detail. It also discusses terrestrial mosses as trace element bioindicators; moss bioreactors; the ecological diversity and application for agricultural microbiology; small scale area investigation for heavy metals air pollution; biomonitoring of atmospheric pollution using mosses; the impact of forest decline on fine-scale vertical distribution of epiphytic bryophytes; and the use of mosses in criminal investigations. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Microbial Communities in Terrestrial Moss (Bryophyta): Structure, Function and Ecological Significance (pp. 1-24)
O. Roger Anderson (Biology, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY, US)

Chapter 2 – Terrestrial Mosses as Trace Element Bioindicators: A Review (pp. 25-70)
Sabina Dołęgowska and Zdzisław M. Migaszewski (Geochemistry and the Environment Division, Institute of Chemistry, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland)

Chapter 3 – Moss Bioreactors: Novel Biotechnological Tools for the Production of Pharmaceutical Molecules (pp. 71-86)
Patrícia B. Pelegrini and Maria Fátima Grossi de Sa (BioLife Brasil Ltda, Formosa-GO, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 4 – Endophytic Bacteria Associated with Sphagnum Mosses: Ecological Diversity and Application for Agricultural Microbiology (pp. 87-110)
A. V. Shcherbakov, E. Yu. Kuzmina, E. D. Lapshina, Bragina, C. Berg, G. Berg, E. N. Shcherbakova, V. K. Chebotar and I. A. Tikhonovich (Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia, and others)

Chapter 5 – Moss Biomonitoring in Use: Small Scale Area Investigation of Heavy Metals Air Pollution – Mines and Smelter Plant Environments in the Republic of Macedonia (pp. 111-170)
Trajče Stafilov, Biljana Balabanova, Robert Šajn and Katerina Bačeva (Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia, and others)

Chapter 6 – Biomonitoring of Atmospheric Pollution Using Mosses: Recent Developments and Future Prospects (pp. 171-198)
Snežana Dragović, Mirjana Ćujić, Jelena Petrović, Ranko Dragović, Milan Đorđević and Ljiljana Janković-Mandić (University of Belgrade, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)

Chapter 7 – Impact of Forest Decline on the Fine-Scale Vertical Distribution of Epiphytic Bryophytes (pp. 199-220)
Yoshitaka Oishi (Faculty of Agriculture, Shinshu University, Minami-minowa, Kami-ina, Nagano, Japan)

Chapter 8 – Forensic Botany: The Use of Mosses in Criminal Investigations (pp. 221-232)
Marco Caccianiga, Federica Conforti and Massimo Lancia (Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy and others)



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