Lichens with Eimy Rivas Plata, Lichenologist; This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a foray out into the Garden. No prerequisites. This course serves as a 0.5 elective credit in our Native Plant Studies program but is open to the general public as well. Bring your lunch - there will be a short lunch break midday.
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