April 8, 2017

Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, Vol. 01

Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms

The study of organismic diversity has witnessed an unprecedented upswing in the last two decades. The empirical basis of botanical systematics has been broadened far beyond the realm of macromorphological traits on which systematists have based their decisions for more than 200 years. Electron microscopy and phytochemistry have become standard tools, rendering evidence from micromorphology and micromolecules accessible to systematic research. The analysis of truly biological phenomena, like the interaction between various groups of organisms, or the strategy of reproduction, has been added to the already existing fields of floral and dispersal biology. The study of macromolecules permits genealogical reconstructions with the greatest precision.

Considerable progress has also been made in the methodology for reconstructing phylogeny. All this is in consonance with the strong intellectual stimulus that the study of phylogeny seems to exert on taxonomists. It is small wonder then that a large proportion of the taxonomists' activities is absorbed by the attempt to reconstruct phylogeny at all hierarchical levels. While botanists from Linnaeus to Bentham & Hooker and Engler & Prantl have synthesized the botanical knowledge of their time, such a synthesis has not been attempted more recently in spite of, or possibly rather because of, the rising flood and rapid diversification of botanical knowledge.

Editors: K.U. Kramer, P.S. Green
Paperback: 404 pages
Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1990 1st edition (October 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3642080804
ISBN-13: 978-3642080807
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