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2009-04-15 13:35:00

Kerry Knudsen discovered 'Caloplaca obamae' on Santa Rosa Island, Calif. A researcher at UC Riverside has discovered a new species of lichen "“ a plant-like growth that looks like moss or a dry leaf "“ and named it after President Barack Obama. "I discovered the new species in 2007 while doing a survey for lichen diversity on Santa Rosa Island in California," said Kerry Knudsen, the lichen curator in the UCR Herbarium. "I named it Caloplaca obamae to show my appreciation for the...


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call-note
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