Author(s): MALCOLM, B & N
Out of print, advised 12/10/2007. Fungi can't make their own food. They survive only because they have evolved ways of getting food from other crea tures. A fifth of them have opted for the imaginative solution of taking on algal and bacterial partners which can make food by trapping sunlight. That "lifestyle" is called a lichen. This book explains how a lichen's partners interact, shows what lichens look like on the outside and how they're built on the inside, and recounts the bizarre uses they've been put to over the centuries. illustrated with more than 300 photographs, drawings, and microscope views (most in full colour), it also explains how you can quickly and reliably photograph lichens without a camera just by scanning them into a computer with a cheap colour flatbed. Table of contents: introduction 2 home is almost anywhere 3 you scratch my bad, I'll scratch yours. 12 origins 17 dog-eat-dog competition 24 growth forms 31 some exceptions 39 light-trappers-the greens 44 light-trappers-the cyanobacteria 46 getting the best of two worlds 48 gas exchange 51 drying out 54 identit:Y crisis 62 sexual reproduction 65 sterile lichens 82 asexual spores 84 vegetative reproduction 88 licf1en substances 90 spot-tests , 93 uses .past and present 96 bravmg the elements 101 pollution damage 106 lichen names 109 pictures of lichens without a camera ..119 mdex of boldface terms 126 index of lichen illustrations 129.