From the Publisher
"John, Whitton and Brook has now become the reference book of choice in Europe for identification of algae other than diatoms. This new edition is an authoritative update of the first edition, published nine years ago, with many new advances incorporated, more contributors and an interesting and eclectic DVD to accompany the main text. Algal systematics has benefited from molecular and electron microscope studies to the extent that some structural features are now seen to be misleading, but microscopic identification will remain the prime tool for ecologists and water managers in the foreseeable future. This new flora will retain its predecessor's preeminence, with every section updated and those on green algae, especially desmids, and on Cyanobacteria, extensively revised. The figures are clear and photographs are provided, on the DVD, of many species. It is a work of great credit to its editors and authors."
Brian Moss, Professor Emeritus, University of Liverpool
"For a start, it looks good. Quality production, beautiful cover, lots of pictures, coloured and line drawings. The introductory chapters of the book are a breath of fresh air, with field methods and diagrams of home-made apparatus for collecting and concentrating algae. Lab methods for observing, counting and preserving samples are all very useful. I'm impressed by the practicality of the text. This book is a great deal better (hugely better) than anything else I've been trying to use for general algal determination. The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles will be sitting right beside my microscope."
Michelle T. Casanova, Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter
"An invaluable reference for freshwater workers worldwide, and an important acquisition for all professional and academic institutions with programs covering any aspect of freshwater biology. Highly recommended."
C. W. Schneider, Choice
Covering 1700 species of freshwater algae, this guide provides non- technical descriptions supported by line drawings or photographs. Identification guides help to determine the taxonomic status to the level of genus, and a companion CD-ROM contains about 500 color photographs showing algae and their habitat. The text includes notes on ecology, world distribution, and identification difficulties. The authors are biologists with British universities and The Natural History Museum in London. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)