Special Issue "Applied Lichenology"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Sergio Enrico Favero-Longo
Guest Editor
Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Viale Mattioli 25, 10125, Torino, Italy
Interests: lichenology; biodeterioration; conservation and restoration of cultural heritage; bioremediation of asbestos; diversity and substrate ecology in alpine and polar environments
Prof. Asuncion de los Ríos Murillo
Guest Editor
Department of Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology, The National Museum of Natural Sciences, CSIC, Serrano 115 dpdo, Madrid 28006, Spain
Interests: microbial ecology; geomicrobiology; biodeterioration; lithobionts; primary succession; extreme environments

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Research progress in Lichenology is highlighting lichens as microecosystems with an unexpected degree of complexity of interactions among microbial components and with the substrate, extreme stress tolerance determined by genetic and physiological bases, and limitless production of bioactive compounds. In this Special Issue, we aim to bring together state-of-the-art and perspectives in applied research on the diversity of lichen holobionts, their colonization strategies and dynamics, their biotechnological and biomonitoring potential, and their impacts at abiotic and biotic interfaces. Contributions on the following themes, including technical and protocol advances, are invited:

  • lichens as biomonitors of global change, from air pollution to climate warming;
  • lichens as players in global biogeochemical cycles;
  • lichens as biodeterioration and/or bioprotection agents associated with mineral substrates, such as stone cultural heritage and contemporary building materials;
  • lichens and lichenometry;
  • lichen effects on organic substrates, from wood-art to orchards;
  • lichens as models of stress tolerance, from the genetic basis to application perspectives;
  • lichen metabolites and their bioactivity as a potential tool in a range of applications, from medicine to cooking.

Papers on innovative methods to favor, control, or prevent lichen growth on every kind of substrate of human interest are also welcome.

Prof. Sergio Enrico Favero-Longo
Prof. Asuncion de los Ríos Murillo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • symbiosis
  • mycobiont
  • photobiont
  • lichen microbiome
  • biomonitoring
  • biodeterioration
  • stress tolerance
  • secondary metabolites
  • biotechnology
  • conservation treatments.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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