Special Issue "Lichen Diversity and Biomonitoring"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2019)
Unlike vascular plants, which take nutrients mainly from the soil through roots, lichens only depend on the atmosphere for nutrition. For this reason, they respond directly to atmospheric pollutants and they have been successfully used for the biomonitoring of air pollution. Pollution may affect lichens at different levels of biological organization, by determining, e.g., alterations in community diversity and composition. Apart from assessing the effects of gaseous pollutants, biomonitoring approaches were recently extended to a suite of other anthropogenic disturbances, such as forest management or climate change.
Several standard protocols for lichen diversity assessment have been recently proposed both in Europe and in the US, supporting a worldwide application of these techniques from local to Continental scales. However, considerable gaps of knowledge still remain about the factors and the dynamics driving the shift of lichen communities under the effects of anthropogenic disturbances.
In this Diversity Special Issue, entitled “Lichen Diversity and Biomonitoring”, we aim to increase the knowledge on the above-mentioned aspects. We encourage researchers to send their manuscript on the following topics:
- Empirical studies on the effects of emerging air pollutants on lichen communities;
- Investigating environmental factors, as covariates of lichen diversity;
- Temporal and spatial patterns of lichen diversity as a function of disturbances;
- Monitoring climate change by means of lichen diversity shifts;
- Effects of forest management on lichen communities and populations;
- The use of lichen functional traits in biomonitoring;
- Theoretical aspects related to the quantification and to the interpretation of lichen diversity.
Dr. Paolo Giordani
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