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Imminent Publication: The Biology of Island Floras

19 July 2011

Announcement of the imminent publication of the book "The Biology of island floras", edited by David Bramwell and Juli Caujapé-Castells. The official UK publication date is 18th July. The book will be available in North America as soon as stock reaches Cambridge University Press' US warehouse, which generally takes 4-6 weeks.

This book brings together some of the most renowned specialists in different aspects of island floras worldwide to give an updated account of how modern research methods and new concepts have challenged accepted theories and changed our understanding of island flora. Particular attention is given to the impact of molecular studies and the insights that they provide into topics such as colonisation, radiation, diversification and hybridisation. Examples are drawn from around the world, including Hawaii, Galapagos, Madagascar, the Macaronesian region, Pitcairn, Socotora or Madagascar, among others. Conservation issues are also highlighted, with coverage of alien species and the role of ex situ conservation providing valuable information that will aid the formulation of management strategies and genetic rescue programmes.

The publication is expected to soon be available via the Cambridge University Press website

List of chapters/contributors:

Preface, Juli Caujapé-Castells

1. Introduction, islands and plants David Bramwell
2. The reproductive biology of island plants Daniel J. Crawford, Gregory J. Anderson and Gabriel Bernardello
3. Spatial methodology in historic biogeography of islands Paula Posadas, Jorge V. Crisci and Liliana Katinas
4. Origin and evolution of Hawaiian endemics: new patterns revealed by molecular studies Sterling C. Keeley and Vicky A. Funk
5. Origins and evolution of Galapagos endemic vascular plants Alan Tye and Javier Francisco-Ortega
6. The plants of the Caribbean Islands: a review of the biogeography, diversity and conservation of a storm-battered biodiversity hot-spot Michael Maunder, Melissa Abdo, Rosalina Berazain, Colin Clubbe, Francisco Jiménez, Ángela Leiva, Eugenio Santiago-Valentín and Javier Francisco-Ortega
7. The biogeography of Madagascar palms John Dransfield and Mijoro Racotoarinivo
8. Evolution and biogeography of the flora of the Socotra Archipelago (Yemen) Lisa M. Banfield, Kay Van Damme and Anthony G. Miller
9. Biogeography and conservation of the flora of New Caledonia David Bramwell
10. Phytogeography and relationships of the Pitcairn Islands flora Steve Waldren and Naomi Kingston
11. Chromosomes and evolution in New Zealand endemic Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Brian G. Murray and Peter J. de Lange
12. Jesters, red queens, boomerangs and surfers: a molecular outlook to the diversity of the Canarian endemic flora Juli Caujapé-Castells
13. Endemism and evolution in Macaronesian and Mediterranean Limonium taxa M. Dolores Lledó, Per O. Karis, Manuel B. Crespo, Michael F. Fay and Mark W. Chase
14. Dispersal, diversity and evolution in the Macaronesian Cryptogamic floras Alain Vanderpoorten, Ben Laenen, Rosalina Gabriel, Juana M. González-Mancebo, Fred J. Rumsey and Mark A. Carine
15. Invasive alien species and islands Michael Kiehn
16. Ecology, demography and conservation in the Galapagos Islands flora Ole Hamann
17. New directions and challenges for the conservation of the flora of Madagascar Stuart Cable
18. Climate change and island floras David Bramwell
19. Conservation status of endemic plants on Isla de Coco, Costa Rica: applying IUCN red list criteria on a small island Jennifer L. Trusty, Herbert C. Kesler, Jorge Rodríguez and Javier Francisco-Ortega
20. Botanical gardens and the conservation of island floras Sara Oldfield
21. The hazardous future of island floras Vernon H. Heywood

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