The International Association of Bryologists (IAB) is an organization established in 1969 at the XI International Botanical Congress in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. The aim of the organization is to promote international cooperation and communication among all persons interested in the biology of bryophytes. This is achieved through sponsorship and arrangement of meetings and symposia that relate to the various aspects of bryology, and by IAB-sponsored publications including The Bryological Times and Bryophyte Diversity and Evolution. The Association also supports the publication of reviews, lists, software, and compendia.

Special issue of Bryophyte Diversity & Evolution: 50th anniversary of IAB

We are thrilled to announce a very special issue of Bryophyte Diversity and Evolution. As a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The International Association of Bryologists (IAB), we present 15 open-access papers sponsored by IAB reflecting the state of the art in bryophyte biology. New fossils provided insights into past bryophyte diversity and integrative taxonomic approaches combine the ever increasing molecular data with thorough assessments of morphology and anatomy. Patterns of speciation, diversity at population level and geographic distributions are becoming better understood, and the interactions of bryophytes with their biotic and abiotic environment are increasingly being revealed.

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