|LICHEN BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION|
Primary Research Themes:
Lichens are an important and deeply fascinating study group in biology.
> The lichen relationship between fungal partner and photobiont is a model system used to explore the role of symbiosis in structuring the evolutionary process.
> In ecology, contrasting lichens and their functional traits are used to understand the species response to environmental drivers, and the processes structuring communities.
> Lichens are functionally important in food-webs and nutrient cycles, and are a focal-group in conservation biology. Nevertheless, lichens are the domain of the specialist biologist, and remain less extensively studied than vascular plants.
> Basic descriptive taxonomy and biogeography remain fundamentally important in most regions of the world, especially the tropics.
RBGE lichenology delivers an internationally-recognised research-programme focused on the themes of taxonomy and biogeography, ecology and conservation biology.