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Whoa there woah there...Lichens!!! Are they fungi, plant or what???

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by UTlonghornDDS, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. UTlonghornDDS

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    So what the heck are they? I always thought they were fungi? But in kaplan it says by convention they are non-vascular plants. Also it says theyre a composite organisms cause they have blue-green algaes living in them. So are they like fungi, plants, or prokaryotes. All a mixture of both.??:confused:
     
  2. Golfguy

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    Both cyanobacteria and fungi living in a symbiotic (mutualistic) arrangement.

    The photosynthetic component can be green algae or cyanobacteria I believe.
     
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    I'd say mixture of both. Lichens are symbiotic relationships between fungi – mostly ascomycetes – and green algae and/or cyanobacteria. Their structures are pretty variable, but usually the overall structure of a lichen is given by its fungal partner...

    Sorry - I'm not sure why Kaplan groups them as non-vascular plants... They are made of prokaryotes and fungi though...
     
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    lichens are a good example of something that is photosynthetic but not a plant
     
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