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Current Advances in Fern Research

  • Helena Fernández

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Biology and Biotechnology in Ferns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alejandro Rivera, María Jesús Cañal, Ueli Grossniklaus, Helena Fernández
      Pages 3-19
    3. Alicja Dolzblasz, Elżbieta Myśkow, Edyta M. Gola
      Pages 47-73
    4. Jan Jarosław Rybczyński, Karolina Tomiczak, Małgorzata Grzyb, Anna Mikuła
      Pages 99-120
    5. Anna Mikuła, Małgorzata Grzyb, Karolina Tomiczak, Jan Jarosław Rybczyński
      Pages 121-137
    6. Ajit Pratap Singh, Deepali Johari
      Pages 153-175
  3. Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation of Ferns

  4. Ferns as Genetic and Metabolic Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Linh Thuy Bui, Holly Long, Erin E. Irish, Angela R. Cordle, Chi-Lien Cheng
      Pages 271-284
    3. Janos Vetter
      Pages 305-327
    4. Liliana Cristina Soare, Nicoleta Anca Şuţan
      Pages 329-357

About this book


Ferns, collectively, represent an ancient species of vascular plant which has a direct connection to the beginning of life on Earth. Today they are valued for their ornamental appeal, environmental benefit or as sources of health benefiting metabolites. Current pteridology, the study of fern, encompasses a wide range of research activities including, but not limited to, plant physiology, stress tolerance, genetics and genomics. 

The goal of this book is to compile the most relevant research done with ferns during the last decade. It is organized into four parts: I, Biology and Biotechnology; II, Evolution and Conservation; III, Metabolism and Genetic Resources, and IV, Environment. Each section reveals the utilization of ferns as a tool to explore challenges unique to plant development and adaptation.

This project represents our collective effort to raise the awareness of ferns as a model system to study higher plant functions. Among the distinctive features of our proposed book are: (i) a wide range of topics with contributing researchers from all around the world, and (ii) recent advances of theoretic and applied knowledge with implications to crop species of economic value.


biotechnology ecophysiology secondary metabolites evolution stress tolerance

Editors and affiliations

  • Helena Fernández
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Organisms and Systems BiologyOviedo UniversityOviedoSpain

About the editors

Helena Fernández
Professor of Plant Physiology at the Department of Organisms and Systems Biology, University of Oviedo, Spain. She has an experience of almost three decades working with ferns, and dealing with basic and applied topics such as morphogenesis, reproduction by sexual or asexual means, and micropropagation. Presently, her interest is focussed on deciphering the molecular mechanisms involved on apogamy under trancriptomic and proteomic approaches. 

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