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About the Author

He is Associate Professor and Head, Department of Botany, at Brahmanand College, CSJM University, Kanpur. He has 25 years of experience in teaching botany to undergraduate and postgraduate students. 
Dr Awasthi specializes in phycology and supervises students on various aspects of algae for their PhD degree. He has worked in various capacities, such as JRF, RA, and Principal Investigator in different research projects sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, and University Grants Commission. He has attended many conferences and has published over 50 research papers in various reputed national and international journals. He is also associated with several national and international professional societies and has been awarded several honours of repute.

About the Book

Textbook of Algae has been written for undergraduate and postgraduate students of botany. It covers the syllabi of various universities, particularly the most recent syllabus recommended by the University Grants Commission. It will also serve students appearing for various competitive examinations.
The book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the occurrence, structure, reproduction, phylogeny and classification of algae. It explains the subject in full detail, with special focus on the life cycles of some common genera. In addition, it discusses the characteristic features of the important forms of algae, the applied aspects; interaction between algae and environment, the protocol for algal identification, and culture and cultivation of algae. The most recent uses of algae, such as they being a source of hydrogen and their use in the extraction of biodiesel, have also been included.


Introduction • Classification of Algae • Class: Cyanophyceae • Class: Chlorophyceae • Class: Charophyceae • Class: Xanthophyceae • Class: Bacillariophyceae • Class: Phaeophyceae • Class: Rhodophyceae • Class: Euglenophyceae • Miscellaneous Characteristics of Algae • Applied Aspects • Algae and Environment • Protocol for Identification, Culture and Cultivation of Algae

Key Features

• Describes the subject so as to arouse the interest of the student
• Contains more than 275 diagrams to explain various topics to the fullest
• Offers all types of questions: essay type, short answer type, fill in the blanks, true/false, and MCQs to develop a comprehensive ability to face examinations
• A virtual question bank that contains more than 230 essay type questions, 400 short answer type, 180 fill in the blanks, 90 true/false and 300 MCQs.