Special Issue "Lichen Diversity and Conservation"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Michele Piercey-Normore

School of Science and the Environment, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook, Canada, A2H 5G4
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Interests: lichen biodiversity and conservation, DNA sequencing, phylogenetics, population genetics, coevolution, lichen secondary metabolites
Guest Editor
Dr. André Arsenault

Canadian Forest Service – Atlantic Forestry Centre, Corner Brook, NL
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Interests: environmental science, lichen and bryophyte ecology, disturbance ecology, biogeography, landscape ecology biodiversity and conservation, forest ecology and management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Lichens, which are partnerships between fungi and photosynthetic partners, are named after the fungal partner, which forms the largest component of the lichen thallus and undergoes sexual reproduction. Lichen diversity is represented by the diversity of the lichen-forming fungal species, and adaptation is influenced by ecological and evolutionary mechanisms. Adaptation of species to the changing environment results in the coexistence of species in their natural habitats, forming complex communities. Environmental change through anthropogenic disturbance may exacerbate adaptation to the environment. Adaptation to natural and anthropomorphic change may further influence the geographic distribution of species by opening niches or causing local extirpation. Phenotypic or genetic patterns observed in nature provide knowledge on the distribution of lichens, evolutionary processes, and insights into the development of strategies that may help to maintain lichen diversity. This Special Issue will include topics on the diversity and conservation of lichen-forming fungal species using a variety of approaches (e.g., species, phenotypic, genetic, chemical diversity, or diversity in physiological response) and methods. It may also include strategies for the conservation of rare species, patterns present in rare or common species, or other topics around the diversity and conservation of lichens.

Dr. Michele Piercey-Normore
Dr. André Arsenault
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • lichen
  • fungi
  • diversity
  • conservation
  • evolution
  • symbiosis
  • molecular methods
  • ecological methods
  • dispersal
  • genetics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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