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Lichen Diversity and Biomonitoring: A Special Issue

DIFAR, University of Genova, 16148 Genova, Italy
Diversity 2019, 11(9), 171;
Received: 12 September 2019 / Accepted: 16 September 2019 / Published: 18 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lichen Diversity and Biomonitoring)
Lichens are symbiotic organisms susceptible to environmental alteration due to their morphological and physiological features. For this reason, researchers and decision-makers are extensively using lichen biomonitoring for assessing the effects of various anthropogenic disturbances. The Special Issue was launched to fulfil some knowledge gaps in this field, such as the development of procedures to interpret and compare results. The SI includes three reviews that explore the application of lichen biomonitoring for detecting the effects of climate change. Three articles and one review paper examined the use at a decision level of biomonitoring of air pollution employing lichens, including the application in environmental forensic. Finally, six research articles are illustrative examples of lichen biomonitoring in poorly known habitats, providing data from the physiological to the community level of observation, and pose the basis for extending comparable approaches on a global scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: air pollution; climate change; functional traits; environmental forensic air pollution; climate change; functional traits; environmental forensic
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Giordani, P. Lichen Diversity and Biomonitoring: A Special Issue. Diversity 2019, 11, 171.

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