|2016-12-15 ||Basidiomycete yeasts in the cortex of ascomycete macrolichens|
Spribille T, Tuovinen V, Resl P, et al.
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New partner at the core of macrolichen diversity
It has long been known that most multicellular eukaryotes rely on microbial partners for a variety of functions including nutrition, immune reactions and defence against enemies. Lichens are probably the most popular example of a symbiosis involving a photosynthetic microorganism (an algae, a cyanobacteria or both) living embedded within the filaments of a fungus (usually an ascomycete). The latter is the backbone structure of the lichen, whereas the former provides photosynthetic products. Lich...