Lichen: The Threesome

SCIENCE Traditionally, scientists have likened lichen to a married couple. But a new study suggests a third partner contributes to their ecological domestic bliss. (Washington Post) Learn all about lichens with our poem! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas We love lichen here at Nat Geo. What is lichen? Read through our fun poem for … Continue reading Lichen: The Threesome

Lichen It Already

A lichen is not a single organism, but made up of an “alga partner” and one ortwo “fungus partners.”  With genuine apologies to Robert Burns. Their love can be a bit crustose with areoles in bloom Their love can produce thread-like string, called hyphae, when they plume Their love has colonized the Earth from deserts to the ice These extremophiles exist on sand, on trees, … Continue reading Lichen It Already