Lichen fruiting bodies

Lichen fruiting bodies

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Credit: WIM VAN EGMOND/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macro photograph of apothecia of the lichen (Physcia aipolia) filled with spores. Lichens are formed by the symbiotic association of a fungus and an alga. The alga is contained within the hyphae (filaments) of the fungus and so are protected from harsh conditions. The alga supplies the fungus with nutrients that it makes by photosynthesis. Magnification: x21 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: apothecia, apothecium, biological, biology, botanical, botany, endosymbiont, fungi, fungus, lichen, mycological, mycology, no-one, nobody, photobiont, photobionts, photoshynthesis, phycobiont, physcia aipolia, phytobiont, spores, symbiont, symbionts, symbiosis

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