The mountains of Central and South America, part of the mountain chain that stretches from North America to Tierra del Fuego, include extensive areas of montane forests. Fifty-one contributions from the June 1993 symposium, which saw attendance by some 200 scientists from 16 countries, present information concerning the tremendous biodiversity found in the montane regions of the Neotropics, and point to both the biological value of these areas and the immediate need for their protection and conservation. Contributions address past and present vegetation; the taxonomic diversity of fungi, lichens, liverworts, and mosses; and of fern allies, ferns, and flowering plants; the impact of humans in montane environments; and conservation and the future. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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