Irene Bisang

Irene Bisang
Swedish Museum of Natural History · Department of Botany

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PhD

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Introduction
My current research focuses on reproductive traits in unisexual bryophytes at various scales, their evolution and variation along enviromental parameters, and on impacts of land use change on bryophyte diversity; such as agricultural management on the arable flora or invasive species. I have also a long-term engagement in bryophyte conservation, and I am currently co-chairing the IUCN Bryophyte Specialist Group
Research Experience
April 2012 - present
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Position
  • Senior Grant Liaison Officer, Research Associate
April 2009 - March 2012
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Position
  • Grant Liaison Officer
January 2002 - March 2009
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Position
  • EU Project Manager

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Publications (85)
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The hornwort Anthoceros agrestis is emerging as a model system for the study of symbiotic interactions and carbon fixation processes. It is an annual species with a remarkably small and compact genome. Single accessions of the plant have been shown to be related to the cosmopolitan perennial hornwort Anthoceros punctatus. We provide the first detai...
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This Red List is a summary of the conservation status of the European species of mosses, liverworts and hornworts, collectively known as bryophytes, evaluated according to IUCN’s Guidelines for Application of IUCN Red List Criteria at Regional Level. It provides the first comprehensive, region-wide assessment of bryophytes and it identifies those s...
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The European Red List is a review of the status of European species according to IUCN regional Red Listing guidelines. It identifies those species that are threatened with extinction at the regional level – in order that appropriate conservation action can be taken to improve their status. This publication is a summary of the conservation status of...
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IUCN Red List criteria widely recognised to objectively assess extinction risk of species across taxonomic groups. Application of IUCN criteria requires the use of critical terms that are difficult to apply to clonal organisms such as bryophytes. We pragmatically define 'mature individuals', 'generation length' and 'severe fragmentation' building u...
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We present patterns of intra-specific variation in genotypic and phenotypic sex ratios in related to geographic scales and environmental factors in several long-lived bryophytes species with different levels of sexual reproduction. We conclude, that bryophyte sex response is complex, and depends on the species’ life history traits, such as the freq...
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In the Baltic area, the long-lived dioicous wetland moss Drepanocladus turgescens (T.Jensen) Broth. produces sporophytes rarely and at irregular intervals. Based on surveys of sporophyte occurrences at 13 sites in two regions in northern Gotland (Sweden) during three to five years, we ask: (1) Is sporophyte formation associated with precipitation a...
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The IUCN Red List is recognised as a robust system for assessing the risk of extinction to organisms, but there are difficulties in applying the criteria to bryophytes and other clonal and colonial organisms. Three critical terms are addressed-generation length, mature individual and severe fragmentation-and definitions given in order to facilitate...
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Background: A Red List of threatened bryophytes is lacking for Africa. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Bryophyte Specialist Group has recently launched the ‘Top 10 Initiative’ to identify the 10 species on each continent that are at highest risk of extinction. Objectives: The main aim of t...
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Biased adult sex ratios (SR), usually inferred from counts of sexually mature plants, are commonly observed in unisexual bryophyte species. For sex-expressing bryophytes, there is evidence of spatial variation of reproductive traits, including SRs, related to environmental conditions. However, how sexes in rarely fertile or non-fertile species are...
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Sex ratio variation is commonly observed in natural populations of many organisms with separate sexes and genetic sex determination, including bryophytes. Most bryophyte populations exhibit female-skewed expressed adult sex ratios, generally inferred from counts of sexually mature plants. For the rarely sexually reproducing perennial dioicous moss...
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Sex identification before sexual maturity is notoriously difficult in plants with separate sexes, but is crucial to address many life history related issues. To study the performance of the two sexes in the rarely sexually reproducing dioecious moss Drepanocladus turgescens a molecular sex marker is needed. The female-targeting marker previously de...
Technical Report
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SYNTHESYS3 consortium recognises the importance of the Societal Challenges identified by the Horizon2020 programme and relevance of natural history collections for solving problems outside the traditional and conventional fields. We have reviewed 26 Use Cases backed up by documentary evidence demonstrating how the collections, expertise and service...
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Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) are an important tool of the Swiss agri-environmental schemes to support biodiversity in landscapes dominated by agriculture. EFAs are usually designed to promote bird and vascular plant richness or ecological functions such as pollination. A parallel study revealed a beneficial effect of EFAs also on above-ground bryo...
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Agricultural biodiversity has decreased substantially during the last few decades in Europe and globally. Agri-environmental schemes devised to promote sustainable farming have been a major policy instrument for the past decades to stop this negative trend. In Switzerland, these include Ecological Focus Area Areas (EFA), i.e. habitats subject to sp...
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Dwarf males in mosses are restricted to certain lineages and have been proposed to be associated with epiphytism and subtropical environments. Here we explore which morphological and environmental characteristics are associated with male dwarfism in a set of 528 pleurocarpous mosses that represent the different lineages, habitats, and climatic cond...
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Background and aims: Roughly half of the species of bryophytes have separate sexes (dioecious) and half are hermaphroditic (monoecious). This variation has major consequences for the ecology and evolution of the different species. In some sexually reproducing dioecious bryophytes, sex ratio has been shown to vary with environmental conditions. Thi...
Presentation
Sex ratio variation is a common but unexplained phenomenon of many species with chromosomal sex determination, including many bryophytes. Expressed sex ratio variation could be related to environmental conditions in a few mosses investigated to date. However, many bryophyte populations are non-fertile during their entire life cycle and intraspecifi...
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Infraspecific genetic diversity is generally underestimated in biodiversity assessments. We use haplotype patterns based on the nuclear gpd and plastid rpl16 to examine whether genetic diversity is related to geography, gender, habitat and/or frequency of sexual reproduction in Drepanocladus lycopodioides. This moss is restricted to western Eurasia...
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Patterns of sex expression and sex ratios are key features of the life histories of organisms. Bryophytes are the only haploid-dominant land plants. In contrast with seed plants, more than half of bryophyte species are dioecious, with rare sexual expression and sporophyte formation and a commonly female-biased sex ratio. We asked whether variation...
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* The evolution of island syndromes has long served as a model to understand the mechanisms accounting for phenotypic differentiation. Combining literature data with actual observations, we determine whether typical syndromes such as the loss of dispersal power and the bias towards self-compatibility (Baker's law) apply to vagile organisms, using b...
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The moss Drepanocladus trifarius (F. Weber & D. Mohr) Broth. ex Paris was used as a model species for a first evaluation of whether male and female haplotype patterns based on a combination of the nuclear molecular markers ITS and gpd, and the chloroplast rpl16 are congruent or not. In 23 female and 23 male shoots from specimens sampled in Northern...
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Premise of research. Maintenance of dioecious and monoecious sexual systems at nearly equal frequencies, infrequent sexual expression, and distinctly female-skewed sex ratios among the dioecious species are reproductive characteristics of bryophytes, which are otherwise unusual among embryophytes. Most sex ratio assessments to date have relied on g...
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The habitat of the pleurocarpous moss Drepanocladus trifarius is commonly described as mineral-rich wet fens. We sampled individual D. trifarius shoots at 214 pre-defined randomly distributed spots in an area of ca 15 km2 in a sloping fen in central–western Sweden. We assessed the habitat variation of the sampling spots in this area by means of a m...
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Background: We recently demonstrated that dwarf male plants are much more common among mosses than hitherto thought. Dwarf plants, producing functional male sexual organs occur in 10–20% of the moss species worldwide. Aims: We investigated how an inadvertent omission of dwarf males affects estimates of male sex expression rates and sex ratios. Meth...
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Dwarf males occur in several animal groups but are unique to mosses among the green land plants. Mosses, with more than 50% unisexual species and common fertilisation distances in the range of a few decimetres, have evolved various means to cope with potential problems to successfully achieve fertilisation and to ensure sporophyte production and se...
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Dioecious plants, including many bryophytes, rarely exhibit discernible sexual dimorphism before sexual maturity. Because many species and populations of dioecious bryophytes do not express their sex, it remains mostly unresolved whether expressing individuals reflect the ratios of genetically male and female plants. The present study assesses the...
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Traditionally managed arable fields host a specialised flora adapted to regular disturbance through tillage. Agricultural intensification during the 20th century resulted in a pronounced biodiversity decline in European agroecosystems. Anthoceros agrestis and Phaeoceros carolinianus, both largely confined to cultivated land in Central Europe and th...
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We investigated biomass allocation patterns in sporophyte-bearing and non-sporophytic plants of the perennial moss Dicranum polysetum Sw. from southern Sweden by comparing dry masses of various reproductive and vegetative plant modules. Assessing parental vegetative biomass is critical in bryophytes due to continuous decay of basal shoot portions....
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Evidence is accumulating that significant amounts of substances can move internally in ectohydric bryophytes, which lack specialized structures for internal water movement. This potential for resource translocation is likely to affect the productivity in individual shoot sections. We tested whether annual growth intervals in the pleurocarpous moss...
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We present a method that permits the retrospective assessment of frequency changes in species, based on the evaluation of specimens in biological collections. The method assumes that the increase and decrease in the frequency of a species is reflected in the number of collected specimens. A comparison of the specimen numbers from different time per...
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We studied infraspecific morphological variation within European Dicranum majus Sm. A principal components analysis based on six leaf characters scored in 82 specimens revealed two distinct plant types. Plants with bistratose submarginal upper leaf lamina cells, numerous spine-like dorsal lamina projections, a costa that is dorsally rough far down...
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A fundamental assumption in life-history theory is that reproduction is costly. Higher reproductive investment for fruits than for flowers may result in larger costs of reproduction in females than in males, which is often used to explain male-skewed sex ratios in unisexual seed plants. In contrast, bryophytes have predominantly female-biased sex r...
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Based on a literature survey and our own investigations of selected species, we present a compilation of expressed sex ratios in 103 taxa of dioicous bryophytes, including 56 mosses and 47 liverworts. We grouped the approaches used to determine sex into two categories: (1) sex assessment per herbarium specimen or per patch in the field; (2) sex ass...
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Habitat preferences and habitat differentiation were studied among species of Acroporium (Sematophyllaceae) and related taxa between 140–2,000 m a.s.l. in Peninsular Malaysia (02.92°–04.87°N, 100.80°–101.83°E). Canonical Correspondence Analysis was used to reveal how species data were related to 16 environmental factors that represent geographical,...
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We tested whether mate availability in the pleurocarpous dioicous mosses Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus and Abietinella abietina affects fertilization success by transplanting individual male shoots into non-sporophytic female colonies. Fertilization success in both species was limited by the availability of mates and distance-dependent, and the number...
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HEDENÄS, L. & BISANG, I. 2004. Key to European Dicranum species. - Herzogia 17: 179-197. A key to the twenty-nine European Dicranum species is presented. The features that are important for their identifi- cation are discussed. For each species, diagnostic character states and information about habitat and geographical distribution are provided. Mo...
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Population development and structure of the regionally annual hornworts Anthoceros agrestis and Phaeoceros carolinianus were studied in cultivated fields in the lowland of NW Switzerland. Ontogenetic stages of gametophytes and sporophytes were repeatedly surveyed at short time intervals in plots excluded from routine management during one growing s...
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The geographical distributions, in the form of mosaic maps, altitudinal ranges, frequencies, habitat requirements, and threat status of the four pleurocarpous wetland mosses Hamatocaulis vernicosus, Pseudocalliergon lycopodioides, P. trifarium, and P. turgescens in Switzerland are presented. The total and European ranges of the taxa are outlined. H...
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A method to evaluate whether changes in individual species' collecting frequencies over time deviate from what could be expected based on changes in the general collecting activity in an area is described. The method, which was presented in detail by Hedenäs et al. (2002), can be used to separate apparent frequency changes from real changes. The fa...
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We investigated biomass allocation patterns in sporophyte-bearing and non-sporophytic plants of the perennial moss Dicranum polysetum Sw. from southern Sweden by comparing dry masses of various reproductive and vegetative plant modules. Assessing parental vegetative biomass is critical in bryophytes due to continuous decay of basal shoot portions....
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A new, resource-efficient, herbarium-based method for estimating temporal frequency changes in species, especially of non-vascular plants and fungi, is presented. It is based on a reference data set for the temporal distribution of general collecting activity for the organism group and geographical area of interest. The reference data set includes...
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The geographical distributions, in the form of mosaic maps, altitudinal ranges, frequencies, and habitats of 29 Sphagnum taxa known to occur in Switzerland are described. The detailed distribution patterns vary among individual taxa depending on their habitat requirements. Sphagnum fimbriatum is confined to lowlands in the north and north-west of t...
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We investigated the cost of sporophyte production in the moss Dicranum polysetum both by examining patterns of growth and reproduction in unmanipulated shoots and by experimentally manipulating sexual reproduction. The estimated proportion of total carbon investment allocated to sexual reproduction in sporophyte-producing shoots over the study peri...
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How we select species for conservation is based on the rationale for saving them from man-induced extinction. Motives related to aesthetic properties, ethical values, basic research needs, economical values, rarity and threat, and ecological values all provide arbitrary or insufficient criteria for selecting which species to preserve when resources...
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The present paper is the first of a series on the distribution of Swiss bryophytes. Mosaic maps, based on a system of physiographic units, of one hornwort, three liverworts and seven mosses are presented. The distribution maps of all taxa are accompanied by summarized information on some evident characters of the plant, on the total, the European a...
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Annual populations of Anthoceros agrestis and Phaeoceros carolinianus were surveyed over seven years in 28 arable fields in north-western Switzerland. Gametophytic occurrences of the two hornwort taxa are compared to management type recorded at each census (three categories based on the crop type: cereal, maize/root-crops, other) and to temperature...
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The composition and structure of bryophyte and fern diaspore banks were studied in three agricultural fields situated at two different localities in the vicinity of Bern, Switzerland. Soil cores were taken in profiles at depths between 1.5 and 50 cm at three positions in each field. Fifteen bryophyte species and a considerable number of fern gameto...
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This study investigates the status of endangered bryophytes in Switzerland, as an example of the situation in large parts of Central Europe, The decline in species and populations is quantified by examination of 522 selected literature ol herbarium records. They belong to taxa classified in the Red Data List of Swiss bryophytes as endangered (E) or...
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Maps of the distribution of Anthoceros punctatus L. var. cavernosus auct. and Phaeoceros laevis (L.) Prosk. ssp. carolinianus (Michx.) Prosk. in Switzerland are presented. They are based on herbarium specimens and field studies and distinguish between records before and since 1960. According to bibliographical data from the beginning of this centur...
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Peroxidases in 21 samples of Lophozia incisa from the Tatra Mountains and 14 samples of L. opacifolia from the Tatra Mountains and the Swiss Alps were electrophoretically assayed. Although both taxa proved to be polymorphic, consistent differences were found between them. This indicates that electrophoretic peroxidase phenotypes provide an addition...
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Analytical key for the identification of the Frullania species in Europe and Macaronesia. - After some methodological remarks about the observation of the Frullania (Marchantiophytina, Bryophyta), akey for the identification of the 14 species of the genus in Europe and Macaronesia is provided. For each species, critical taxonomical and/or chorologi...
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Previously known only from two localities in north-eastern Italy (Provinces of Bolzano and of Sondrio), Amblystegium compactum (C. Muell.) Aust. (Musci) has been collected recently at Isola Madre (Lago Maggiore, Province of Novara). Its special ecology and its origin in Europe are briefly discussed.
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Discovered at Blanket Creek Provincial Park south of Revelstoke (British Columbia, Canada), Odontoschisma macounii (Aust.) Underw. and Scapania spitzbergensis (Lindb.) K. Müll. are reported from their southwesternmost localities in North America, about 1,000 km southward from the recently reported occurrences in British Columbia.
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The sporeling development in Frullania tamarisici (L.) Dum. ssp. tamarisci is described for the first time. Its pattern belongs to the Frullania-type in which a globose, many-celled protonema is formed within the stretched exospore. The primary leaves are ovate to oblong, followed by the saccate-inflated juvenile leaves. In the juvenile stage each...

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European Natural Science Collections host approximately 1.5 billion biological and geological collection objects, which represent about 80% of the known current and past biological and geological diversity on earth. The MOBILISE COST Action will foster a cooperative network in Europe to support excellent research activities, and facilitate knowledge and technology transfer around natural science collections. It will prepare the ground for a future pan-European Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo). Learn more: https://www.mobilise-action.eu/
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We study the effects of both conventional agricultural management and agri-environmental schemes on the diversity and performance of the arable bryophyte flora. We apply long-term monitoring, focusing on hornworts (Anthocerotophyta), plot sampling and diaspore bank investigations. http://www.bryolich.ch/bryologie/hornmoose_en.html
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We differenciate between phenotypic sex ratios (or 'expressed', i.e., plants with reproductive structures) and genotypic sex ratios (irrespective of the formation of reproductive organs; assessed by means of molecular markers), and study whether their variation among different geographic areas and at various scales can be explained by environmental factors, life history traits, or phylogentic relationships.