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Challenge: Lichen Hunt

Part of Microbes Week

Lichens are a group of organisms that sit with us as part of the eukaryotes. They are in fact made of two types of eukaryote working together:

  • Algae
  • Fungi

They often have different properties than the things that make them. They can survive in lots of different places and often have fascinating colours and patterns.

What do I do?

Next time you go out for your daily exercise, see how many different types of lichen you can find. You can look at trees, walls, signs, pavements, roof tiles, LOTS of places!

Nicola Stanley-Wall, a professor of microbiology at the University of Dundee, did her own lichen hunt with her family on their daily walk. Check out the photos! They found lichen on the pavement and street signs.

Can you find lichen?

If you do, take a picture and enter it into this week's competition!

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