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How do lichens

show us if

the air is clean?

Lichens are symbioses of algae and fungi or even bacteria. You can find them on trees and stones, and they are often the first settlers of bleak areas. Because of their sensitivity, they can show us whether the air is good or bad.

Picture: Tree trunk with three important representatives of microbiota, slime mould (1), lichens (2) and fungal fruiting bodies (3)
Baumstamm mit drei wichtigen Vertretern der Mikrobiota, Schleimpilz, Flechten und Pilzfruchtkörper I mikrobalpina
1

slime mold

2

lichen

3

fungal fruiting body

4

fungal fruiting body