Mosses: Ecology, Life Cycle and Significance


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Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI020000

There is currently a growing interest in mosses inspired by: 1) Their use as atmospheric air quality biomonitors, 2) their importance as ecological status markers of global changes in hostile environments, and 3) their use in various bioengineering and biotechnological applications. Moreover, additional attention is paid to mosses because of their importance as the dominant terrestrial plants in high latitudes, most notably arctic and subarctic regions. This book aims to characterize poorly studied aspects of the chemical composition of inventoried mosses across not only the subarctic, but also the Antarctic regions. This book focuses on mosses inhabiting western and northern Siberia and European Russia, with nine total chapters devoted to these regions.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Physico-Chemical Characterization of Bryophytes as Bioindicators of Metal Pollution
(A. G. González and O. S. Pokrovsky, Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global (IOCAG), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and others)

Chapter 2. Mosses as Indicators of Urban Environmental Pollution: Examples of Pylaisia Polyantha (Hedw.) B.S.G. from West Siberia
(Alexey L. Borisenko, Nadezhda K. Ryzhakova and Natalia S. Rogova, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia, and others)

Chapter 3. Bryoflora of Mire Biotopes in North European Russia, Its Diversity and Ecological Characteristics
(Oleg L. Kuznetsov, Anatoly I. Maksimov, Margarita A. Boychuk and Stanislav A. Kutenkov, Institute of Biology, Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Chapter 4. Multi-Elemental Composition and 137cs Radioactivity of Sphagnum Fuscum Moss from the Vologda Region, European Russia
(V. P. Shevchenko, D. A. Philippov, N. V. Politova, D. P. Starodymova, R. A. Aliev and O. S. Pokrovsky, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, and others)

Chapter 5. Oceanic and Continental Elements in the Moss Flora of the North Holarctic
(Vladimir E. Fedosov, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia)

Chapter 6. A Check-List of Bryophytes in Mire Habitats Found within the Altai-Sayan Mountains (Southern Siberia)
(Irina I. Volkova, Natalia A. Chernova and Emelian Y. Muldiyarov, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia, and others)

Chapter 7. Peat-Forming Mosses as a Key Component of Peat Deposits and Mire Vegetation of the West Siberian Northern Taiga
(Irina I. Volkova, Larisa G. Kolesnichenko, Anastasia I. Volkova, Anna Y. Obuchova, Oleg S. Pokrovsky and Sergey N. Vorobyev, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia, and others)

Chapter 8. Linear Increment, Density and Net Primary Production of Sphagnum Cover in Western Siberian Mires
(Natalia P. Kosykh and Natalia G. Koronatova, Lab. Biogeocenology, Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia)

Chapter 9. Moss Decomposition in Western Siberian Mires
Evgenia K. Vishnyakova , Nina P. Mironycheva-Tokareva, Lab. Biogeocenology, Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia)

Chapter 10. Combined Studies of CO2 – Gas Exchange and Evapotranspiration of the Mire Ecosystems of the Forest-Steppe Zone (Western Siberia) via the Closed Chamber Method
(Aleksei Naumov, Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Siberian Branch, Novosibirsk, Russia)

Chapter 11. Antarctic Mosses: Ecology and Survival in the Most Inhospitable Environment on the Planet
(D. C. Silva, T. S. Moura, C. B. D’Oliveira-Matielo and V. M. Stefenon, Universidade Federal do Pampa, São Gabriel, Brazil)

Chapter 12. Polarized Light Microscopy of Moss Leaves Encrusted with Calcium Carbonate
(H. J. Swatland, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada)


Additional Information

Keywords: Arctic, subarctic, ecology, bryophytes, bioaccumulation, biomonitors, Russia, Sphagnum, airborne trace elements, natural archives of pollution, raised bogs, peatlands, mires, West Siberia, mountain mires, decomposition, peat deposits, production

The book focus groups are specialists in mosses ecology, biodiversity, biogeochemistry; students; environmentalists; wide public interested in life of mosses and nature conservation and wise use.

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