Lichens

Xanthoparmelia plittii and Umbilicaria mammulata

Listen to the Podcast
 

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.


Most of us walk past lichen-covered rocks, splotched with grays, greens, and golds, without giving them a closer look. Ari Daniel Shapiro visits with mycologist Anne Pringle and graduate student Benjamin Wolfe to learn about these amazing symbiotic organisms, formed when a fungus partners with an algae. Each lichen can host an entire microcosm, a microbial landscape teeming with life. These worlds-within-worlds are proving an invaluable tool for scientists studying our changing landscapes.

Umbilicaria. Photo Credit: Benjamin Wolfe

Download a transcript of this podcast

See a gallery of lichen photos from our podcast listeners!

 

Harvard MCZThe One Species at a Time podcast series is supported by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Learn More

< Back to main podcast page.

Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group | Museum of Comparative Zoology | Harvard University
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA | 617-496-6764 | education [at] eol.org | Notices & Credits