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During the winter months, after most of the leaves have fallen, an unusual greenish/gray growth may appear on your trees. I generally receive several phone calls this time of the year from homeowners concerned that a tree has some type of disease.
Lichens are symbiotic organisms consisting of a fungal partner and one or several algal partners. The association is so close that scientists until 1867 were not aware that lichens actually consist of two different partners.
Lichen, those drab, fuzzy growths found on rocks and trees, aren't as cuddly and charismatic as kangaroos or intriguing as opossums, but they could be a fungal equivalent, at least evolutionarily.
A Philadelphia botanist who has studied rare plants for 50 years, but has never attained the honor of having a plant named for him is finally getting his due, but with a barely visible organism so rare it may never be seen again.
In an unprecedented coming-out party, 100 newly discovered species are revealed to the world in a single scholarly paper coordinated by Field Museum scientists.
Spanish scientists have described the lichen Phylloblastia fortuita, new to the Iberian Peninsula and to science.
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.