This volume deals with the Synurophyceae, a group of silica scaled chrysophyte algae. Taxonomy within this class is based on the ultrastructure of the silica scales and bristles, and electron microscopy is in most cases necessary for the identification. Even though the 128 taxa occurring in Europe are emphasized and details of their distribution are given, the volume includes all taxa described worldwide. Thus it is possible to identify all 212 taxa with a high degree of certainty (i.e., 180 taxa of Mallomonas, 30 taxa of Synura, plus the single species of Chrysodidymus and Tessellaria). The importance of this book lies in four main fields:
Jørgen Kristiansen, Associate Professor (Emeritus) at the Section of Phycology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen has studied chrysophyte algae in many parts of the world. He has given lectures and courses on chrysophytes on several universities, congresses and symposia, and is author or co-author of about 200 publications, including several books. Hans Rudolf Preisig is Professor at the Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zürich. His research interests include different groups of algae including cyanobacteria and colourless groups of protists related to algae. He is author and editor of numerous publications and is currently working, in collaboration with Jørgen Kristiansen, on a new edition of vol. 1, part 1, of the "Freshwater Flora of Central Europe" on Chrysophyceae and Haptophyceae. A previous joint publication by both authors is the "Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte Genera" (Bibliotheca Phycologica, vol. 110).
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