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Bryological and Lichenological Section/ABLS

Lendemer, James [1].

Let’s talk about sex: how human preconceptions have shaped mycobiont species concepts based on reproductive biology and why new data illustrate the need for a different approach.

The topic of reproductive biology is considered taboo in many aspects of society. Despite the fact that botany, and its related field of mycology, are intimately connected to studies of this subject, the roles that human preconceptions play in the species concepts we employ are often overlooked. This presentation will explore how fungal species concepts, in particular mycobionts in lichen symbioses, have been influenced by fundamental misconceptions likely rooted in innate biases introduced by human taxonomists. New data will be presented that illustrates how these biases have led to a system of unilateral application of species concepts that we must transcend.


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1 - New York Botanic Garden, 200th Street And Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY, 10458, USA

Keywords:
lichen.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 2
Location: Firs North/Boise Centre
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014
Time: 9:15 AM
Number: 2006
Abstract ID:60
Candidate for Awards:None


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