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The study of bryophytes is no longer confined to their morphology, anatomy, life-history, and phylogenetic considerations. In recent years there has been an increasing emphasis on investigations concerning the ultrastructure, reproductive biology, ecology, morphogenesis, physiology, biochemistry and related aspects of bryophytes. These themes have also rightfully found their place in the syllabi at all levels in most universities all over the globe. However, the writing of texts in this area has lagged behind. Since the literature is scattered and at times not easy to reach, there is an urgent need for a book which deals with the modern topics of bryology. This volume is intended to fill this gap. The authors have tried to make the compilation of the literature as up-to-date as possible, and the references cited in the text have been listed at the end of each chapter for those interested in more details. Most of the illustrations have been taken from recent research publications and these have not previously been included in any book as far as we aware. Summary charts and tables are provided at all appropriate places. About the Author(s): Dr. R.N. Chopra retired as Professor in the Department of Botany, University of Delhi. He has taught this subject to the Honours and Postgraduate students for over 30 years. He has published more than 135 research papers in international journals. He has participated in over 20 national and international symposia, and also chaired sessions in some. He has been the Chairman of the Botany Department at Delhi University for three years and also the Director of Centre for Advanced Study in Botany. He was Additional Secretary of the International Society of Plant Morphologists from 1975-84, the President of the Indian Bryological Society (1986-88), and also Councillor of the Indian Botanical Society (1987-89). He is a Fellow of Indian Botanical Society. Dr. P.K. Kumra served as lecturer in the Department of Botany, Hans Raj College, University of Delhi. Dr. Kumra did his M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. from the University of Delhi. He has been a Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate of the CSIR in the Department of Botany, University of Delhi. His main interest has been in the field of Experimental Bryology in which he has been actively engaged for over eleven years. He has published many research papers in reputed international journals. Contents: Experiments of Spores and Gemmae Protonemal Differentiation and Bud Formation in Mosses Regeneration Reproductive Biology Alternative Pathways in Life Cycle Photomorphogenesis Ultrastructural Studies Chemical Constituents of Bryophytes Bryophytes as Indicators of Pollution Protoplast Culture Conduction in Bryophytes Water Relations.
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