Hearts in Nature: Lichen

January 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm 3 comments

The November 2009 issue of Discover Magazine featured an excellent article on lichen. When discussing how the fungus component harvests food from a photosynthesis partner, author Gordon Grice shared a quote by Trevor Goward. Goward is the “lichen curator” at the University of British Columbia Herbarium.  He says:

“Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture.”

Today’s Hearts in Nature focuses on those busy little fungi farmers who can cultivate some of the most unlikely lots. Special thanks, as always, to Creative Commons photographers.

(Photo by [New Parents!!!] Gare and Kitty)

(Photo by . SantiMB .)

(Photo by cfournie)

(Photo by pet_r)

Entry filed under: Hearts in Nature, Lichen, Nature.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Santi  |  January 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Great collection of hearts! 😉

  • 2. gasstationdave  |  January 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Those are really exceptionally neato! 🙂

  • 3. Kitty  |  January 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Awesome collection! There are lichen hearts all over once you start looking for them 🙂 What a cool idea, too! Thanks for the link to my blog, as well–parenthood is great!!! We went on our first hike this weekend in celebration of Maddie’s 1 month birthday 🙂 All the best to you!


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