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Handbook of Marine Macroalgae: Biotechnology and Applied Phycology. Se-Kwon Kim. 2012. ISBN: 978-0-470-97918-1. 592 pp. Hardcover. $249.95
The Handbook of Macroalgae: Biotechnology and Applied Phycology describes the biological, biotechnological and the industrial applications of seaweeds. Vast research into the cultivation of seaweeds is currently being undertaken but there is a lack of methodological strategies in place to develop novel drugs from these sources. This book aims to rectify this situation, providing an important review of recent advances and potential new applications for macroalgae. Focusing on the chemical and structural nature of seaweeds the book brings the potentially valuable bioactive nature to the fore. Novel compounds isolated from seaweeds are reviewed to provide an invaluable reference for anyone working in the field.

Central European Stream Ecosystems: The Long Term Study of the Breitenbach. Rüdiger Wagner, Jürgen Marxsen, Peter Zwick, Eileen J. Cox. 2012. ISBN: 978-3-527-32952-6. 694 pp. Hardcover. $219.95
Probably the best-studied stream on earth. The result of unmatched long-term data taken by the Max-Planck outstation in Schlitz from the nearby Breitenbach stream since 1949, the special focus in this handbook and ready reference is on animal and microorganism occurrence and variation, as well as chemical and physical parameters. An invaluable data basis for modeling purposes for anyone dealing with stream ec

Bibliotheca Diatomologica, Band 57
Small-sized Achnanthales (Bacillariophyta) from coral sands off Mascarenes (Western Indian Ocean).
Catherine Riaux-Gobin; Oscar E. Romero; Pierre Compère; Adil Y. Al-Handal. 2011. ISBN: 978-3-443-57048-4. 234 pp., 2 tables, 88 plates, 1 map. Paperback. $163.20
Benthic marine diatoms from tropical environments are still poorly documented, despite their high diversity. Coral reef biotopes of the Mascarene Islands (Western Indian Ocean Archipelago: Réunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues Islands) provide the opportunity to study a large part of their diatom community: the abundant small-sized Achnanthales treated here. Diatoms of other environments of very variable nutrient status were studied in Réunion and Rodrigues Islands and include areas of both low and high anthropogenic impact. This monograph describes taxa of seven genera, upon which Cocconeis Ehrenberg was particularly diverse. Scanning and light microscope images document and illustrate a total of 59 taxa, eight of them are new descriptions from these islands. This study serves as a basis for further investigations in the Mascarenes, Réunion the Rodrigues Islands and other tropical areas.

Algal Diversity Dynamics, Ecological Assessment, and Monitoring in the River Ecosystems of the Eastern Mediterranean. Sophia Barinova. 2011. ISBN: 978-1-61209-338-3. Hardcover. $105.00
Rivers in the Eastern Mediterranean, Israel in particular, are small and located mostly in the coastal plane. In the first step of ecosystem assessment, 671 species of algae and cyanobacteria belonging to nine taxonomic divisions were revealed by our research during 2002-2009 in the Yarqon, Alexander, Hadera, Qishon, and Oren rivers in the coastal plane, the Lower and Upper Jordan Rivers in the rift valley, as well as the Zin stream in the Negev Desert. This new book presents and discusses research which suggests that in semiarid environments the influence of anthropogenic factors is
strongly modulated by climatic impacts causing a marked decrease of species richness in aquatic ecosystems from north to south.

Coastal Plankton: Photo Guide for European Seas. 2nd Edition. Otto Larink and Wilfried Westheide. 2011. ISBN: 9783899371277. 143 pp., 60 color photo plates. Softcover. $70.00
This book is an introduction to the most important and most common taxa present in the plankton, and it allows the identification of numerous common species. This new edition is substantially thicker than the first (2006), with many more crustaceans, as well as trematodes, sipunculides, holothuria and enteropneusta. In accordance with the increased numbers of organisms of southern warm water origin in the North Sea many Mediterranean species have been added.

Limnology. Jose Galizia Tundisi and Takako Matsumura Tundisi. 2011. ISBN: 9780415588355. 700 pp. Hardcover. $159.95
Limnology provides an in-depth and current overview of the field of limnology. The result of a major tour de force by two renowned and experienced experts, this unique and richly illustrated reference work presents a wealth of data on limnology history, water as a substrate, lakes’ origins and aquatic biota. Besides a general part, it gives special focus to neotropical limnology, prevalently applicable in countries in the Southern Hemisphere. Starting with the essentials, some definitions and a historical account, this volume then details the main interaction mechanisms with physical and chemical factors, diversity and geographical distribution. With regard to the major continental aquatic systems, it treats the dynamics, variability and characterization of lakes, reservoirs, flooded areas, saline lakes, estuaries and coastal lagoons. The impact of human activity on water resources and the need for the rehabilitation of watersheds, watershed ecosystems and estuaries are addressed subsequently. To illustrate theory, the final part includes research examples in limnology, ecology and environmental sciences in different geographical contexts, as well as ideas for new investigations.

Algal Biofuels: Where We've Been, Where We're Going. Alisha M. Doyle and Jayden A. Bell. 2011. ISBN: 978-1-61209-502-8. Hardcover with DVD. $239.00
The Department of Energy revived its investment in algal biofuels in response to the increased urgency of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and producing affordable, reliable energy, as well as the recognition that we will not likely achieve these goals via one technology pathway. Through appropriated dollars and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the DOE is investing in a variety of research, development and demonstration projects that seek to tackle key technical hurdles associated with commercializing algal biofuels. This new book examines the state of technology for algae-based fuels and documents the research and development challenges associated with producing them at a commercial scale.

Environmental Microbiology of Aquatic and Waste Systems. Nduka Okafor. 2011. ISBN: 978-94-007-1459-5. 307 pp., 143 illustrations, 66 in color. Hardcover. $79.95
This book seeks to place the main actors in matters of environmental microbiology, namely the microorganisms, on center stage. Using the modern approach of 16S ribosomal RNA, the book looks, in great detail, at the taxonomy of marine and freshwater bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, viruses, and the smaller aquatic animals such as nematodes and rotifers, as well as at the study of unculturable aquatic microorganisms (metagenomics). The peculiarities of water as an environment for microbial growth, and the influence of aquatic microorganisms on global climate and global recycling of nitrogen and sulphur are also examined. The pollution of water is explored in the context of self-purification of natural waters. Modern municipal water purification and disease transmission through water are discussed. Alternative methods for solid waste disposal are related to the economic capability of a society. Viruses are given special attention because, until recently, it was thought they were not important in aquatic environments. The modern understanding is that they are not only abundant, but play a crucial role in the sustenance of the various components of the biological ecosystem in aquatic environments.

The Diatom World. Joseph Seckbach and Patrick Kociolek. 2011. ISBN: 978-94-007-1326-0. 534 pp., 147 illustrations, 44 in color. Hardcover. $239.00
The Diatom World brings together many of the experts in the world of diatom research, who summarize important topics on diatom classification, biology, genomics research, and a broad spectrum of ecological studies, and present new data in these areas.  The topics address age-old questions, and explore new and emerging areas of research.  In this combination of persistent questions, and new horizons, it is clear that the diatoms remain as fascinating and intriguing today as they were when Von Leeuwenhoek first spied them over 300 years ago.

The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British IslesThe Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles: An Identification Guide to Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae. 2nd Edition. David M. John, et al. 2011. ISBN: 9780521193757. 904 pp., 253 b/w illustrations, 2 maps, 2 tables. Hardcover with DVD-ROM. $199.00
Building on the success of the first edition and featuring contributions from leading experts in the field, this expanded and thoroughly revised second edition provides an indispensable guide to the freshwater and terrestrial algae of the British Isles. It is an up-to-date account of and identification tool for more than 2400 algal species (excluding diatoms), highlighting their wider distribution around the world. Detailed descriptions are fully illustrated with clear line drawings and photographs including 190 full-page plates, eight of which are full colour. In addition, user-friendly keys enable the accurate identification of specimens to the level of genus and species. This edition includes expanded information on ecology and the implications of recent molecular research, along with coverage of 200 extra species. The accompanying DVD provides an updated colour photo catalogue, highly illustrated articles and video clips, making this the comprehensive reference tool for both researchers and professionals in the field.

Phytoplankton Pigments: Characterization, Chemotaxonomy and Applications in Oceanography. Suzanne Roy, et al. 2011. ISBN: 9781107000667. 700 pp., 74 b/w illustrations, 17 color illustrations, 61 tables. Hardcover. $140.00
Pigments act as tracers to elucidate the fate of phytoplankton in the world's oceans and are often associated with important biogeochemical cycles related to carbon dynamics in the oceans. They are increasingly used in in situ and remote-sensing applications, detecting algal biomass and major taxa through changes in water colour. This book is a follow-up to the 1997 volume Phytoplankton Pigments in Oceanography (UNESCO Press). Since then, there have been many advances concerning phytoplankton pigments. This book includes recent discoveries on several new algal classes particularly for the picoplankton, and on new pigments. It also includes many advances in methodologies, including liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and developments and updates on the mathematical methods used to exploit pigment information and extract the composition of phytoplankton communities.

Rotifera XII: New aspects in rotifer evolution, genetics, reproduction, ecology and biogeography. Series: Developments in Hydrobiology, Vol. 217. N. Walz, et al. 2011. ISBN: 978-94-007-1203-4. 210 pp. Hardcover. $189.00
Rotifera are a very common group of invertebrates and, therefore, play a considerable role in the food webs of plankton and benthos of lakes and rivers worldwide. Their ecological success is based on their distinct pattern of reproduction: a large part of them, the Monogononta, are famous for their unique mode of reproduction with parthenogenetic females and a rather rare appearance of sexuality with males. On the other hand, the Bdelloidea completely abstain from sexuality. Although many life cycle characteristics make the Rotifera ideal objects for the study of important scientific and applied questions, many patterns and mechanisms of their ecology, evolution and reproduction are still not very well known. In August 2009 leading scientists met in Berlin, Germany, at the symposium ROTIFERA XII to discuss their newest results. This book collects the most essential original articles and presents them to the broader public.The increasing use of tools from molecular biology has brought a paradigm shift to the study of rotifers. Together with biochemical methods, the findings from studies using these techniques are presented in the first two parts of this book, covering genetics, evolution, and reproduction. The last two parts are dedicated to innovative findings from the more traditional fields of ecology, biogeography and taxonomy.

Handbook of Phycological Methods, Volume 2: Physiological and Biological Methods. Edited by Johan A. Hellebust and James S. Craigie. 1979, Print on demand 2011. ISBN: 9780521279420. 528 pp. Paperback. $70.00
This 1979 volume of the Handbook of Phycological Methods was the first compilation of biochemical and physiological procedures selected specifically for the experimental phycologist. Algae present unique problems to the researcher because of their diverse structure and composition, which differ significantly from those of other commonly used organisms. The book contains practical examples of processes such as photosynthesis, respiration and the transport and accumulation of ions presented by contributors who have applied these these techniques to algae.

Photosynthetic Pigments of Algae. Kingsley S. Rowan. 1989, Print on demand 2011. ISBN: 9780521105941. 350 pp. Paperback. $58.00
This 1989 book deals with the physical and chemical properties found in algae of different types (blue-green, red, golden-brown, yellow-green, brown and green). Methods used for extracting and purifying the pigments and their value in classifying the various types of algae are discussed in detail. This book contains detailed tables of the physical properties of the pigments (absorption and fluorescence-emission spectra and extinction coefficients), and brings together data on the distribution of algal pigments in relation to hypotheses of the evaluation of algae.

SüßwassSüßwasserflora von Mitteleuropa, Bd. 7 / Freshwater Flora of Central Europe, Vol. 7: Rhodophyta and Phaeophyceaeerflora von Mitteleuropa, Bd. 7. Freshwater Flora of Central Europe, Vol. 7: Rhodophyta and Phaeophyceae. 1st Edition. Pertti Eloranta, Janina Kwandrans, Elsalore Kusel-Fetzmann. 2011. ISBN 978-3-8274-2051-0. 156 pp., 343 illustrations. Hardcover. $89.95
Volume 7 of the series "Süßwasserflora/Freshwater Flora of Central Europe" covers the freshwater red algae and brown algae of this region. Freshwater red algae can be found in running waters, in lakes and ponds, on wet soils and sometimes also in hot sulphuric springs. The small group of freshwater brown algae occurs in rivers and lakes. Several freshwater red and brown algae are included into the red lists of threatened species. Freshwater Rhodophyta is a rather small and systematically heterogeneous group. From a total number of about 200 freshwater red algal species, which were described, only one third is found in Europe representing nine orders and various life forms. Phaeophyceae, mainly found in the sea, cover a wide range of size from tiny thalli to huge marine kelps. In freshwaters, only seven species were described worldwide. All freshwater phaeophytes are small-sized, and appear as dark brown crusts or as tiny cushions on hard substrata. Some taxa can be found in clear and clean waters, others prefer brackish habitats. Previous floras of Central European freshwater red and brown algae were published in this series by Pascher and Schiller in 1925, and by Starmach (1977) in the Flora S³odkowodna Polski [Fresh Water Flora of Poland]. Since then, no further identification keys were issued covering these groups of Central Europe. This
book is intended to fill that gap and to aid both the algologists as well as applied researchers to efficiently and correctly identify European freshwater red and brown algae using updated nomenclature. Detailed descriptions of all taxa are given and high-quality drawings and photographs of the species facilitate their identification.

Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition. Zvy Dubinsky and Noga Stambler. 1st Edition. 2011. ISBN 978-94-007-0113-7. 552 pp. Hardcover. $229.00
This book covers in one volume materials scattered in hundreds of research articles, in most cases focusing on specialized aspects of coral biology. In addition to the latest developments in coral evolution and physiology, it presents chapters devoted to novel frontiers in coral reef research. These include the molecular biology of corals and their symbiotic algae, remote sensing of reef systems, ecology of coral disease spread, effects of various scenarios of global climate change, ocean acidification effects of increasing CO2 levels on coral calcification, and damaged coral reef remediation. Beyond extensive coverage of the above aspects, key issues regarding the coral organism and the reef ecosystem such as calcification,
reproduction, modeling, algae, reef invertebrates, competition and fish are re-evaluated in the light of new research and emerging insights. In all chapters novel theories as well as challenges to established paradigms are introduced, evaluated and discussed. This volume is indispensible for all those involved in coral reef management and conservation.