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Parmelioid Lichens in India: A Revisionary Study

D.K. Upreti (Author) P.K. Divakar (Author)
Synopsis The present book is the outcome of an extensive collection and critical investigation of more than 5,000 parmelioid specimens preserved in different herbaria of India, representing all the phytogeographic regions of the country. A detailed study of this group, shows greatest diversity of commonly growing lichens in India. Till date there has not been any comprehensive account on the parmelioid lichens in India is so far available. Keeping this in view the authors have tried to fulfil this lacunae by bringing out the book "Parmelioid lichens in India". The present work includes systematic account of 192 species belonging to 22 genera with coloured photographs, scanned pictures of TLC plates for secondary metabolites of each species, current nomenclature, key to the genera and species. For each species, basionym, synonyms, information on type collection, detail description, chemistry, remarks, variation, habitat and altitudinal distribution within and outside India, along with maps are provided. Glossary of botanical names and terms used in the text are also provided. The important morphological characters to delimit genera and species along with scientific illustrations and scanning electron microscopic pictures are given in the general account. The conservation status of parmelioid lichens is also discussed. Extinct, endangered, vulnerable and endemic taxa are also listed. Eight localities are proposed as "Lichen sanctuaries" for the country owing to their luxuriant parmelioid flora. It is hoped that the present work covering various aspects of the parmelioid lichens will be of immense interest to students, scientists, teachers and other interested to peruse research particularly on the parmelioid lichens in India and world in general.
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About the authors

D.K. Upreti

Dr. D.K. Upreti is scientist ELL at Lichenology laboratory, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow. He did M.Sc. in botany and Ph.D. in Liochenology under the supervision of Dr. D.D. Awasthi. He has 20 years research experience in the field of Lichenology and published more than 150 research papers in different internatinal and national journals. He had been to Antarctica in 1991-92 and worked on the lichens of Schimacher Oasis, East Antarctica together with their metal, carotenoids and pollen analysis. He also worked on different aspects of lichenology including lichens of Indian monuments and historical buildings, ethnolichenology, lichens as indicator of atmospheric pollution, antibiotic properties of lichens together with floristic, revisioinary and monographic studies of Indian lichens. He is the corresponding member of British Lichen Society for India. He is member of a number of scientifc societies.

P.K. Divakar

Dr. P.K. Divakar has done his M.Sc. Botany from Lucknow University, Lucknow. He has completed his Ph.D. thesis under Dr. D.K. Upreti at Lichenology Laboratory, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow and Dr. Neeta Sharma, Botany Department, Lucknow University, Lucknow. Dr. Divakar has done his PDF from Department of Biology Vegetal II, Faculty of Pharmacy, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, under Prof. Ana Crespo, where he has gained expertise in Molecular Systematics of Parmelioid lichens. He has worked out Parmelioid lichens of most of the Asian countries and presently engaged in conducting molecular studies on family Parmeliaceae. Dr. Divakar has published more than 15 research papers in journals of international and national repute. Most of his papers on Molecular studies of parmelioid lichens are published in international journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Parmelioid Lichens in India: A Revisionary Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121103893
length xii+488p., Tables; Maps; Plates; Index; 25cm.