Lichens exist in extreme environments where other life struggles to survive. But these tough species cannot tolerate pollution, and reflect the health of ecosystems.
- Lichens are organisms that can thrive in harsh conditions through partnerships.
- Pairs of fungi and algae form a mutually beneficial relationship.
- Each pairing is a different species of lichen.
- They are slow growing and good indicators of environmental change.
Even in the most extreme environments on Earth, there is life.
These small, slow growing, living structures are called lichens.
Lichens are often the first species to colonise an area.
They forge their existence based on a partnership between two very different organisms: algae and fungi.
Symbiotic relationship of algae and fungi
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