Recent Advances in Botanical Science

Bryophytes and their Associates in South Shetland Islands -Antarctica

Author(s): Jair Putzke

Pp: 8-19 (12)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811433788120010006

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Bryophytes constitute one of the most prominent groups among terrestrial vegetation in South Shetlands Islands of Antarctica. The present study is focused on the bryoflora which exists in association with other life forms in the studied regions. Though, the taxonomy of the Antarctic bryophytes has received much attention in recent years but their associations, especially with lichens and fungi/algae are somewhat neglected by earlier explorers. However, these associations are very crucial for plant succession in the area like Antarctica. A checklist of bryophytes has been provided along with their associated forms with short discussion on the associations to signify the importance of these tiny plants.

Keywords: Antarctica, Associations, Bryophytes, Lichen, Succession.

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