Special edition of Plant Systematics and Evolution, Suppl.11
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997, X, 287p. 55 illus..
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Algae are of central importance in marine and freshwater ecosystems. Recent molecular sequence analyses show that the algae are of polyphyletic origins and that their evolution is best explained by tracing the endosymbiotic events that have resulted in the origins of their plastids. This volume provides a highly readable, thorough and up-to-date account of the major findings in algal, cyanobacterial and plastid phylogeny. All major algal groups (e.g., green, red, heterokont, dinoflagellate algae) are treated in separate chapters by leading experts on these groups.
An introduction to algal phylogeny and phylogenetic methods.- Molecular systematics of oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria.- The origin of plastids and their spread via secondary symbiosis.- The evolution of the Green Algae.- Charophyte evolution and the origin of land plants.- A molecular perspective on red algal evolution: focus on the Florideophycidae.- Division Glaucocystophyta.- The complete sequence of the Cyanophora paradoxa cyanelle genome (Glaucocystophyceae).- The evolution of cryptophytes.- Division Chlorarachniophyta.- Phylogenetic relationships of the ‘golden algae’ (haptophytes, heterokont chromophytes) and their plastids.- Molecular and morphological phylogenies of kelp and associated brown algae.- Small-subunit ribosomal RNA sequences from selected dinoflagellates: testing classical evolutionary hypotheses with molecular systematic methods.- Plastids in apicomplexan parasites.- Listed in Current Contents.