The Lives of Lichens: A Natural History


The Lives of Lichens: A Natural History Authors: , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press
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Pages: 288 Illustrations and other contents: 150+ color illus. Language: English ISBN: 9780691247274 Categories: , , Tag:

A richly illustrated guide to lichens and their biology

Existing at the margins of life, lichens are the result of symbiotic relationships between fungi and photosynthesizing partners in the form of algae or cyanobacteria. Comprising more than twenty thousand species, lichens are pioneers in diverse ecosystems, colonizing virtually any surface and growing at almost any altitude. Found in rainforests, polar regions, deserts, and your backyard, lichens embody a paradox of toughness and sensitivity, surviving trips to space yet endangered by even the slightest environmental changes from industrial pollution here on Earth. Lichens grow everywhere, but only on their own terms: no one has ever fully assembled a lichen in the lab from its component parts. The Lives of Lichens explores all facets of these peculiar organisms, blending stunning macrophotography and graphics with in-depth coverage of profiled species to provide an unforgettable tour of the marvellous world of lichens.

  • Features a wealth of colour illustrations
  • Covers symbiosis, biology, architecture, evolution, taxonomy, and much more
  • Provides an up-close look at lichens in their ecosystems
  • Discusses human relationships with lichens
  • Essential reading for nature lovers everywhere
Weight1.6 kg





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"Robert Lücking and Tony Spribille have done a first rate job from the first page to the last, presenting impeccable science, infused with tidbits of humour. Furthermore, the book is illustrated with magnificent photographs depicting lichens in all their enigmatic and glorious diversity"---David Gascoigne, Travels with Birds

Author Biography

Robert Lücking is Head of the Department of Evolution and Biodiversity at the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum of Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, where he presides over collections containing nearly one million lichens, fungi, and bryophytes. Toby Spribille is Canada Research Chair in Symbiosis and Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.