Schlagwort-Archive: Lichens

Conservation of lichens – Integration vs Segregation

Sclerophora peronella
Sclerophora peronella.This species of only a few millimeters in size is extremely rare in Europe and can only be found in larger protected areas (e.g. National Park Bavarian Forest) or in old, near-natural managed forests with a long continuity of ecological processes. It grows in bark scissures of decaying broadleaved trees (beech, sycamore maple). This lichen is threatened globally and in Germany close to becoming extinct (red listed species). Photo ©L. Stridvall

Epiphytic lichens belong to the prominent indicator groups for changes in forest ecosystems. Owing to a finely balanced but disturbance-prone symbiontic relation between fungi and algae, lichens react quicker and more sensitive to changes in site conditions and their direct environment than higher plants, fungi and animals.

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