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American Journal of Botany

Cyanobacterial Photobionts of Tropical Cyanolichens

Caption: Cyanobacterial photobionts of tropical cyanolichens of the genera Acantholichen, Coccocarpia, Dictyonema, and Stereocaulon, belong to a previously unrecognized, exclusively lichenized, novel lineage with the name Rhizonema. These photobionts are shared between unrelated lichen mycobionts co-occurring in the same habitats, leading to improved strains by means of mycobiont and environmental selection, in a similar way as farmers domesticate and improve crops.

Credit: Courtesy of Robert K. Lucking.

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