Thin-veined lichen

Thin-veined lichen

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thin-veined lichen (Peltigera membranacea, grey/ white), close-up. A lichen is composed of an alga and a fungus, which have a mutually beneficial (mutualistic) relationship: the alga produces carbohydrates for the fungus by photosynthesis, and the fungus protects the alga from harsh conditions. The thin-veined lichen is found at the base of stone walls, and is more common in damp environments. It is able to survive long periods of drought and to absorb water very quickly. Photographed in Scotland. For this lichen after rainfall, see image B350/136.

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Keywords: alga, algae, botanical, botany, close-up, dry, fungus, lichen, lichens, mutualism, mutualist, mutualistic, mutualists, nature, peltigera membranacea, plant, scottish, symbiosis, symbiotic organism, thin-veined, west scotland

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