Welcome to the wonderful world of lichens, with each lichen a miniature ecosystem of fungi, a photobiont and more.
- Start your lichen journey here: explore their amazing features, learn what makes a lichen tick and what environmental factors to look for.
- Then pick up a hand lens and move on to our guidance and techniques for studying lichens.
Start to learn about lichens here...
A lichen is not a single organism; it is a stable symbiotic association between a fungus and algae and/or cyanobacteria.
Learn where lichens can live, what they need to survive, how they reproduce and what substances are found within lichens.
Learn about the main forms lichens take: Leprose, Crustose, Placodioid, Squamulose, Foliose, Fruticose and combinations of these!
Learn what factors determine where lichens can grow such as acidity or tree bark and pollution levels.