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Guide to Moss Web Sites

Moss Web Sites

1 American Bryological and Linchenological Society
2 Internet Directory For Botany: Botanical Museums, Herbaria, Natural History Museums
3 Herbarium (KOCH)
4 Bryology at the Missouri Botanical Garden
5 Bryophytes: Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts
6 Moss Flora of China
7 Arctoa- a bryological journal
8 British Bryological Society
9 International Association of Bryologists
10 XVI International Botanical Congress

  1. The American Bryological and Lichenological Society. This web site contains information about the American Bryological and Lichenological Society. The society is an organization with members who are amateurs and professionals, all having an interest in moss, hornworts, liverworts and lichens. This site give links to other internet resources, especially to the University and Jepson Herbaria from University of California, Berkeley. One section of the web site gives information about The Bryologist, Evansia and The Bryological Times which are publications dedicated to bryophytes as well as some broader topics.
  2. Internet Directory for Botany: Botanical Museums, Herbaria, Natural History Museums. The name of the page is "Internet Directory for Botany" which actually describes the link very well because it contains links web pages concerning botany. The page has numerous links to herbaria around the world, in Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, and North America. To most of the links, only a name is given but after some, there is further introduction to the contents of the links. Depending on the reader's knowledge of foreign languages, the written information on these pages may or may not be useful.
  3. Herbarium (KOCH). The Herbarum (KOCH) web page is basically a homepage which informs viewers of a the Herbarium of Kochi University (Japan) which holds about 80,000 specimens of moss and liverworts. The homepage links to basic herbarium collection data about the specimen, but does not have any photos of the bryophytes. The homepage does have email links to the curators of the collection if further information is desired by the viewer.
  4. Bryology at the Missouri Botanical Garden. From what we, the Gleason Moss Collection researchers, have seen, the Missouri Botanical Garden site is probably one of the most extensive sites about moss which is available on the web. At this site, the reader can find information about projects of the Missouri Botanical Garden researchers. They are especially concerned with current taxonomy of bryophytes. Another important aspect of this web page is the "Bryological glossary" that includes hundreds of the numerous terms normally used to describe bryophytes. Furthermore, this site also gives some basic information about its own 270,000 specimens mounted collection.
  5. Bryophytes: Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts. "Bryophytes" is a web site published by Southern Illinois Univeristy and funded by the National Science Foundation. This site gives basic information about general bryophyte classification and presents a useful drawing of the evolutionary connection between algae and bryophytes. Southern Illinois University also informs the reader of specific bryology classes available. This web site sets itself apart from other web pages because of the excitement and sincere interest in bryology. In addition it strongly emphasizes the importance of bryophytes without trying to use a social or economic justification.
  6. Moss Flora of China. . As the title states, this web page informs the browser of a project which is supported by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The foremost goal of this international project is to publish information on the web about the mosses of China. The main purpose of this flora project is to publish several books with updated information about moss taxonomy, relationships and habitats.
  7. Arctoa Arctoa is a journal on bryology which is printed in Moscow. However, we have had continual problems with the transfer of this particular page and have not been able to fully explore its contents.
  8. British Bryological Society. . The British Bryological Society is a well established organization whose purpose is the international study and conservation of mosses and liverworts. Their extensive web page links the reader to specific information about the organization as well as more general information about moss. One of the links provides readers with a guide to international bryological societies and journals. True to their purpose, the British Bryological Society (BBS) also makes available a site on conservation which includes extinct and endangered bryophytes of Britain. Another interesting aspect of the BBS is that it offers their members assistance in identifying specimens.
  9. International Association of Bryologists. The International Association of Bryologists (IAB)is a group of about 600 with membership open for any person who has an interest in bryology. The IAB has a bimonthly publication called "The Bryological Times" which has current information about bryology as well as interesting information from IAB members. This site also gives references for printed publications about bryology. Because it is an international club, the group has a meeting every two years in varying locations around the globe.
  10. XVI International Botanical Congress. The International Botanical Congress (IBC) is a convention for which scientists come together in order to discuss different topics in botany, mycology, plant ecology and other such fields. This site gives a list of the many different cooperating organizations such as the American Bryological and Linchenolocial Society. The site contains information for those who are interested in attending the next congress. Also, the IBS web site gives the viewer history and other information about the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) which holds the IBC.


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