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New Zealand Seaweeds


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Table of Contents

Introduction 7 Green algae: Chlorophyta 21 Brown algae: Ochrophyta 55 Red algae: Rhodophyta 139 Acknowledgements 327 Glossary 328 Recommended reading 332 Image credits 334 Taxonomic index 339 Index 347

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The only book on this subject in the New Zealand market. Expert author. Revised from an earlier 2013 edition, completely redesigned and fully updated. Changes to taxanomic systems for around 28 species. Informative introductory chapters and breakout boxes introduce New Zealand's seaweeds, giving an overview of the country's aquatic flora and its unique features, information about the coastal environment, macroalgal ecology, distribution and introduced/invasive species. Includes a chapter on coastal siltation and risks to seaweed beds. Includes chapter on, plus nutritional knowledge for, the increasing numbers who use seaweed as a food source. Includes material on the uses of macroalgae (particularly in New Zealand by Maori) and the widespread commercial applications of these diverse plants.

About the Author

Dr Wendy Nelson MNZM is currently a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland and Principal Scientist - Marine Biology at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. She specialises in marine phycology, particularly the biosystematics of macroalgae of New Zealand, with research on floristics, evolution and phylogeny, as well as ecology, and life history studies. In 2016, she won the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Aparangi Hutton Medal, awarded for outstanding work by a researcher in New Zealand in the Earth, plant and animal sciences.


'Seaweed! It's awesome, and the proof is in the beautiful images collected in New Zealand Seaweeds ... Over 150 genera and 250 key species are described, with each entry illustrated by underwater photographs as well as herbarium scans, microscopic photographs and reproductions of celebrated botanical artist Nancy Adams' paintings' - Newsroom; full page illustrated review in May-June 2020 issue of NZ Geographic; author feature in Canvas, NZ Herald 28 March 2020; author feature in North & South, April 2020; author feature on RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 9 March 2020.

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