Special Issue "Lichen Symbiosis"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. María Estrella Legaz González
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Guest Editor
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: lichen symbiosis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The main topics of the Special Issue include:

Lichen anatomy, morphogenesis.
Lichen physiology: Interactions with the substrates, mineral weathering, photosynthesis, polysaccharide production, hormones.
Lichen eeproduction.
Epiphytism and hemiparasitism.
The lichen-associated microbiome: Bacterial and fungal communities.
Endosymbiont specificity: Compatibility, recognition factors, receptors, discrimination. The interface between fungi, green algae and cyanobacteria.
Secondary metabolism, bioactive compounds.
Genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Fungal, cyanobacterial and algal gene expression.
Molecular biology, molecular phylogeny, multilocus gene genealogy.
Lichen biotechnology.
Lichens and the environment.
Lichens and human health.

Prof. Dr. María Estrella Legaz González
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • lichens
  • symbiosis
  • anatomy
  • morphogenesis
  • reproduction
  • biotechnology

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Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Three Endolichenic Isolates of Xylaria (Xylariaceae), from Cladonia curta Ahti & Marcelli (Cladoniaceae)
Plants 2019, 8(10), 399; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants8100399 - 08 Oct 2019
Abstract
Endophyte biology is a branch of science that contributes to the understanding of the diversity and ecology of microorganisms that live inside plants, fungi, and lichen. Considering that the diversity of endolichenic fungi is little explored, and its phylogenetic relationship with other lifestyles [...] Read more.
Endophyte biology is a branch of science that contributes to the understanding of the diversity and ecology of microorganisms that live inside plants, fungi, and lichen. Considering that the diversity of endolichenic fungi is little explored, and its phylogenetic relationship with other lifestyles (endophytism and saprotrophism) is still to be explored in detail, this paper presents data on axenic cultures and phylogenetic relationships of three endolichenic fungi, isolated in laboratory. Cladonia curta Ahti & Marcelli, a species of lichen described in Brazil, is distributed at three sites in the Southeast of the country, in mesophilous forests and the Cerrado. Initial hyphal growth of Xylaria spp. on C. curta podetia started four days after inoculation and continued for the next 13 days until the hyphae completely covered the podetia. Stromata formation and differentiation was observed, occurring approximately after one year of isolation and consecutive subculture of lineages. Phylogenetic analyses indicate lineages of endolichenic fungi in the genus Xylaria, even as the morphological characteristics of the colonies and anamorphous stromata confirm this classification. Our preliminary results provide evidence that these endolichenic fungi are closely related to endophytic fungi, suggesting that the associations are not purely incidental. Further studies, especially phylogenetic analyses using robust multi-locus datasets, are needed to accept or reject the hypothesis that endolichenic fungi isolated from Xylaria spp. and X. berteri are conspecific. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lichen Symbiosis)
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