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Intrathalline variability of some structural and physical parameters in the lichen genus Lasalia

AuthorsValladares Ros, Fernando CSIC ORCID ; Ascaso, Carmen CSIC ORCID ; Sancho, Leopoldo G.
Thallus density
Issue Date1994
PublisherNational Research Council Canada
CitationCanadian Journal of Botany 72:415-428 (1994)
AbstractThe intrathalline variability of several physical and anatomical parameters of two lichens, Lasallia hispánica and Lasallia pustulata within the family Umbilicariaceae, was studied. In each thallus three zones or concentric rings were considered: the central zone, which includes the umbilicus, the intermedíate zone, and the marginal zone. The study focussed on the thickness of the thallus and its layers, the increase of surface área and volume with hydration, the sample densities in dry and wet states, several stereological parameters (especially the volume and surface density of both symbionts related to each layer and to the thallus as a whole), and the chlorophyll content. Only slight differences were revealed between the two species, but significant intrathalline variation was observed. A marked decrease in the total chlorophyll content coincided with the thickening of the thallus from the periphery to the centre. The chlorophyll content of individual algal cells, however, presented an inverse gradient. The results suggest that the main role of the dense central zone would be as a water-holding zone while the active growth in the intermedíate zone could counteract the continuous erosión of the marginal zone of these umbilicate lichens.
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