University of Graz researchers challenge 140-year-old paradigm of lichen symbiosis

Lichens have long been a classic example of symbiosis. Now, that dualistic relationship between an alga and a fungus is being challenged. Together with colleagues from the USA and Sweden, researchers of the University of Graz have shown that some of the world’s most common lichen species are actually composed of not one but two fungi. These findings will be the cover story in the July 29th issue of the journal Science. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)