Lichen, SEM

Lichen, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lichen. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an unidentified lichen. A lichen is a mutualistic organism comprising an alga that lives within a fungus in a mutually-beneficial symbiotic relationship. The alga produces carbohydrates for the fungus by photosynthesis, and the fungus protects the alga from harsh conditions. Magnification: x65 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: alga, algal, botany, coloured, fungal, fungus, lichen, lichens, mutualism, mutualist, mutualistic, nature, plant, scanning electron micrograph, sem, symbiont, symbiosis, symbiotic organism

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