Special Issue "Diversity, Ecology, Bioindication and Conservation of Tropical Lichens"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biogeography and Macroecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2024 | Viewed by 558

Special Issue Editors

Life Sciences Department, Natural History Museum London, London SW7 5BD, UK
Interests: lichens; slime moulds; taxonomy and ecology of tropical lichens; bioindication and conservation of lichenised fungi in endangered habitats
Prof. Dr. Andre Aptroot
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Guest Editor
Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Brazil
Interests: lichenology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A lichen is a self-sustaining ecosystem formed by the interaction of an exhabitant fungus and an extracellular arrangement of one or more photosynthetic partners and an indeterminate number of other microscopic organisms. Exhabitant fungus gives most of its characteristics, from its thallus shape to its fruiting bodies. Lichen diversity is characterized by the diversity of the lichen-forming fungal species.

Lichens are a key component in major ecosystems and cover 7% of planet surface. They are adapted live on natural and manmade surfaces by ecological and evolutionary mechanisms.  Lichens are highly sensitive to environmental conditions, including airborne chemicals, substrate chemistry, and climate. Such qualities make them valuable indicators of species richness, air quality, and climate.

This Special Issue will include topics on the diversity, ecology, bioindication, and conservation of lichen-forming fungal species in tropical regions of the world using a variety of approaches, such as species diversity, physiological responses as indicators, and management methods. Additionally, the Special Issue will include approaches for the conservation of rare species, patterns present in rare or common species, or other topics around the diversity and conservation of lichens in tropical ecosystems.

Dr. Gothamie Weerakoon
Prof. Dr. Andre Aptroot
Guest Editors

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  • taxonomy
  • tropical forests
  • lichen diversity
  • bioindicators

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