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Conservation of North American Lichens and the Ecosystems They Support

Lendemer, James [1].

Lichens we hardly know thee: the state of lichens and lichen conservation in North America.

The decline of the North American lichen biota is a tragedy playing out on a continental scale. It transcends borders and is readily visible to the majority of the public. From the hearts of our vast wildernesses to the slips of green in our frenetic cities, species ranges contract, diversity and abundance declines, and yet the impacts on the terrestrial biome that these changes will have remain hypothetical at best. This talk will serve as the introduction for a symposium in which we will explore the state of North American lichens, a biota that includes more than 5,400 named native fungal species, and outline progress and problems relating to their conservation.

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

habitat destruction
coastal plain

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY11
Location: Salmon/Snake/Boise Centre
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Time: 3:45 PM
Number: SY11006
Abstract ID:61
Candidate for Awards:None

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