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Editoral
Published: 2021-06-30

Advances and challenges in bryophyte biology after 50 years of International Association of Bryologists

Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands; Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
Departamento de Botânica, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil UnB
Departamento de Biodiversidad, Ecología y Evolución, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, C/ José Antonio Novais, 12, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Real Jardín Botánico (CSIC), Plaza de Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain
General

Abstract

Research on bryophyte biology has made exciting advances during the last 10 to 15 years since the publications of Goffinet & Shaw (2008) and Frey & Stech (2009) that summarized the knowledge of the field. New fossils provided insights into past bryophyte diversity and integrative taxonomic approaches combine the ever increasing molecular data with thorough assessments of morphology and anatomy. Patterns of speciation, diversity at population level and geographic distributions are becoming better understood, and the interactions of bryophytes with their biotic and abiotic environment are increasingly being revealed. Nevertheless, important knowledge gaps remain, and anthropogenic threats such as habitat alterations and global climate change on bryophyte diversity increase the urgency of further research.

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