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An Introduction to Lichen ~ by WoodlandsTV

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"What actually is a lichen?" In this film, we learn about the structure and function of lichen, as well as the three main growth forms and how to identify different lichen forms. Lichenologist Joe Hope invites us to have a closer look at the fascinating lichen ecosystem especially the relationship between lichen and algae. He clearly explains some key terms that will help you understand more about the lichens in your local woodland.

A film for woodlands.co.uk by Jemma Cholawo

Posted in: Uncategorised ~ On: 16 July, 2019

12 comments so far

animistix
July 27, 2019

My favourite introductory work on lichens is this book by William Purvis

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/LICHENS_PB.html?id=mAhuQgAACAAJ&redir_esc=y

For field guides to the British Isles and Ireland species, check out the latest edition by Frank Dobson.

V isions
July 27, 2019

animistix wow! That is amazing, and it poses more questions than it answers! Can this fungus survive without its photobiont? What sort of explanations have been given for how such symbiotic relationships began? Can the fungus accidentally pick up a different photibiont? And if so, is it called a different Lichen?

Thanks for the book recommendation. I have managed to find a copy and ordered it. Hopefully it will begin to answer some of my questions! You may well have ignited a life-long interest.

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