Large-scale patterns of epiphytic lichen species richness: photobiont-dependent response to climate and forest structure.

@article{Marini2011LargescalePO,
  title={Large-scale patterns of epiphytic lichen species richness: photobiont-dependent response to climate and forest structure.},
  author={Lorenzo Marini and Juri Nascimbene and Pier Luigi Nimis},
  journal={The Science of the total environment},
  year={2011},
  volume={409 20},
  pages={
          4381-6
        }
}
Lichens are composite organisms consisting of a symbiotic association of a fungus with a photosynthetic partner. Although the photobiont type is a key life-history trait, tests of the potential differential role of the main photobiont types in shaping large-scale patterns of lichen species richness are still absent. The aim of the study was to test the influences of forest structure and climate on epiphytic lichen species richness across Italy and to see whether these relationships change for… CONTINUE READING

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