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Bryophytes and Lichens of North America: Diversity, Function and Importance

Bjork, Curtis [1].

Documenting and creating a flora of the epiphytic crustose lichens of British Columbia.

My coauthors and I are now in the second year of a project to document and create a flora of the epiphytic crustose lichens of British Columbia. To date we have accepted more than 800 taxa based on about 30,000 specimens. Roughly 240 of these taxa appear to be new to science. Total epiphytic crustose diversity for our study area is expected to approach 1000 species. Many of these lichens are so far known only from British Columbia, raising the distinct possibility that some may be regional endemics. Since a majority of new species have emerged from searches in wild habitats minimally impacted by human activity and few have emerged from economically managed landscapes, we predict that we will see extinction of many rare and endemic species with the ongoing losses of these wildlands, especially to logging.


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Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S9
Location: 178/Law
Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Time: 1:40 PM
Number: S9001
Abstract ID:901


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