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Lichen on growing on bone

Lichen on growing on bone

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31.5 x 21.1 cm ⏐ 12.4 x 8.3 in (300dpi)

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MASSIMO BREGA, THE LIGHTHOUSE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MASSIMO BREGA, THE LIGHTHOUSE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Lichen on growing on bone. CSmall species of lichen growing on a fragment of bone. Lichens are symbiotic organisms formed of a fungus and an alga that mutually benefit one another. The alga is contained within the hyphae (filaments) of the fungus. They are therefore protected from harsh conditions, and in particular from dessication. The alga supplies the fungus with nutrients that it makes by photosynthesis.

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