Lichensss - Lichens According to our botany book"Lichen...

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Lichens : According to our botany book “Lichen looks like a single organism, it is actually a symbiotic association between a photosynthetic organism and a fungus.” According to the website ask.com” Lichen is a symbiosis. That means that it is two or more organisms living together such that both are more successful within the partnership than they would have been if they were living on their own. With lichens the basic components of this partnership are 1) a fungus called the ‘mycobiont’ and 2) one or more algae and/or cyanobacteria called the ‘photobiont’”. According to the website lichen.com “The dominant partner is a fungus. Fungi are incapable of making their own food. They usually provide for themselves as parasites or decomposers.” The same website also states that “Morphologically, lichens are made up of a few distinct characters. The most obvious is the thallus. The form of the thallus is a result of the fungal species involved. The thallus is the body of the lichen. Most of what you see, if it
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course BIO 110 taught by Professor Mrs. during the Spring '08 term at Northern Virginia.

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