Special Issue "Lichen Forming Fungi—in Honour of Prof. Ana Rosa Burgaz"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Fungal Evolution, Biodiversity and Systematics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 680

Special Issue Editors

Área de Biodiversidad y Conservación, Dpto. Biología & Geología, Física y Química Inorgánica, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Departamental II-203, Campus de Móstoles, c/ Tulipán s/n, Móstoles, E-28933 Madrid, Spain
Interests: lichen forming fungi; taxonomy; evolution; phylogeny; lichenicolous fungi
Área de Biodiversidad y Conservación, ESCET, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, c/Tulipán s/n, 28933 Móstoles, Spain
Interests: lichen; conservation biology; ecology; taxonomy; evolution; systematics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Professor Emeritus Ana Rosa Burgaz, Complutense University of Madrid, has made remarkable contributions to the field of Spanish lichenology. Her research has been focused particularly on the diversity of lichen in the Iberian Peninsula and the taxonomy of Cladoniaceae. She directed the project "Flora Liquenológica Ibérica", being the author of several volumes. More recently, she published the book "Mediterranean Cladoniaceae". We should note her great contributions to the Spanish lichen collections, most of them (ca. 30,000 specimens) in the MACB herbarium, but she has also frequently sent duplicates to other Spanish and foreign herbaria (MA, H). Ana has been greatly involved in the promotion of lichenology and in the training of several generations of students, researchers, and professional lichenologists. She has been a very active member and the driving energy behind the Spanish Lichen Society, being the president from 2003 to 2007. Therefore, in recognition of her for outstanding achievements and contribution to lichenology, we are delighted to publish a Festschrift in her honor as a Special Issue of the Journal of Fungi.

The scope of this Special Issue ranges across all aspects of lichen-forming fungi and lichenicolous fungi research, including diversity, phylogenetics, biogeography, community and population ecology, conservation, physiology, taxonomy, and systematics. Research, review articles, and short communications are welcome.

Dr. Raquel Pino-Bodas
Dr. María Prieto
Guest Editors

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Cyanobacterial Variability in Lichen Cephalodia
J. Fungi 2023, 9(8), 826; https://doi.org/10.3390/jof9080826 - 05 Aug 2023
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The ecological success of lichens is related to both myco- and photobionts which condition the physiological limits of the lichen symbioses and thus affect their ecological niches and geographic ranges. A particular type of lichen, called cephalolichen, is characterized by housing both green [...] Read more.
The ecological success of lichens is related to both myco- and photobionts which condition the physiological limits of the lichen symbioses and thus affect their ecological niches and geographic ranges. A particular type of lichen, called cephalolichen, is characterized by housing both green algal and cyanobacterial symbionts—the latter is restricted to special structures called cephalodia. In this type of lichen, questions related to specialization within species or within individuals are still unsolved as different patterns have previously been observed. In order to study the variability at the intrathalline, intraspecific, and interspecific level, cyanobionts from different cephalodia within the same thalli and from different thalli were genetically analysed in three cephalolichen species at two different forests (18 thalli, 90 cephalodia). The results showed variability in the cephalodial Nostoc OTUs in all the studied species, both at the intrathalline and intraspecific levels. The variability of Nostoc OTUs found in different cephalodia of the same thallus suggests low specialization in this relationship. Additionally, differences in OTU diversity in the three studied species and in the two forests were found. The variability observed may confer an increased ecological plasticity and an advantage to colonize or persist under additional or novel habitats or conditions. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lichen Forming Fungi—in Honour of Prof. Ana Rosa Burgaz)
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