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– Bryophytes first studied in detail in the 18th century
– Johann Jacob Dillenius produced work on ferns and mosses in 1717
– Johannes Hedwig clarified moss reproductive system in 1792
– Hedwig arranged taxonomy of bryophytes
– Significant contributions to bryology in the 18th century

– Areas of research: taxonomy, bioindicators, DNA sequencing
– Interdependency of bryophytes with other plant, fungal, and animal species
– Discovery of parasitic bryophytes like Aneura mirabilis
– Identification of potentially carnivorous liverworts
– Key research centers: University of Bonn, University of Helsinki, New York Botanical Garden

– The Bryologist: scientific journal since 1898
– Covers biology of mosses, hornworts, liverworts, lichens, and book reviews
– Published by The American Bryological and Lichenological Society
– Journal of Bryology: renamed in 1972 from Transactions of the British Bryological Society
– Published by the British Bryological Society

Bryology at the New York Botanical Garden
– Wickett & Goffinet’s research on myco-heterotrophic liverwort
– Hess, Frahm & Theisen’s study on zoophagy in liverwort species
– Information on zoophagous liverworts from In defence of plants
– Access to journals like The Bryologist and Journal of Bryology

– Opportunities for expanding botany articles
– Potential growth areas in bryology research
– Need for further exploration of bryophyte taxonomy
– Importance of increasing awareness about bryophytes
– Role of individuals in contributing to bryology field

Bryology (Wikipedia)

Bryology (from Greek bryon, a moss, a liverwort) is the branch of botany concerned with the scientific study of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts). Bryologists are people who have an active interest in observing, recording, classifying or researching bryophytes. The field is often studied along with lichenology due to the similar appearance and ecological niche of the two organisms, even though bryophytes and lichens are not classified in the same kingdom.

Common bryophytes found in central Japan
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