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Tropical lichens

Symbionts and changing environment: Lichen diversity and photobiont associations in tropical mountain ecosystems

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Coordinator
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO 

Organization address
address: YLIOPISTONKATU 3
city: HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
postcode: 14
website: www.helsinki.fi

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Total cost 169˙842 €
 EC max contribution 169˙842 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2018-08-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO FI (HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO) coordinator 169˙842.00
2    NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA KE (NAIROBI) partner 0.00

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 Project objective

Lichen symbioses are stable mutualistic associations in which photoautotrophic algae and/or cyanobacteria provide carbohydrates for heterotrophic fungi. Lichens represent a highly successful nutritional strategy, which allows the symbiotic organisms to greatly expand their ecological range. In contrast to the macrolichens of boreal and temperate regions, tropical lichens are still fairly poorly known, and the application of molecular biology methods has recently revealed unprecedented diversity in Neotropical lichens. In Africa, however, even the basic descriptive work is just beginning. With this proposal we wish to initiate a major new research collaboration focusing on the lichens in East African mountains. In addition to biodiversity, in this proposal we concentrate in the effects of ecosystem disturbance to the symbiotic organisms. By using state-of-the-art molecular methods and comprehensive data analysis we aim to give a major contribution to a previously practically untouched field. This is done in the unique environmental setting in montane East Africa with expected high biodiversity and various ecosystems with established study plots in known conditions. The approach enables the unravelling of possible correlations between the environmental variables and the complex symbiotic associations, revealing the effects of ecosystem disturbance to lichen diversity and symbiotic associations, an issue of growing importance in the world of constantly diminishing natural habitats and global climate change. The results will greatly contribute to the known biodiversity, especially in Africa but even globally, since it is concentrated in the yet vastly understudied tropical lichens. The results are expected to be widely applicable also to other tropical montane forest ecosystems and advance our current understanding of the lichen symbiosis as a whole.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Inga Jüriado, Ulla Kaasalainen, Jouko Rikkinen
Specialist taxa restricted to threatened habitats contribute significantly to the regional diversity of Peltigera (Lecanoromycetes, Ascomycota) in Estonia
published pages: 76-87, ISSN: 1754-5048, DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2017.08.004
Fungal Ecology 30 2019-06-13
2018 Ave SUIJA, Ulla KAASALAINEN, Paul Muigai KIRIKA, Jouko RIKKINEN
Taitaia, a novel lichenicolous fungus in tropical montane forests in Kenya (East Africa)
published pages: 173-184, ISSN: 0024-2829, DOI: 10.1017/S0024282918000026
The Lichenologist 50/02 2019-06-13
2017 Ulla Kaasalainen, Andreas Hemp, Neduvoto Mollel, Jouko Rikkinen
Symbionts and changing environment: Lichen diversity and photobiont associations in tropicalmountain ecosystems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Expanded Abstracts; Afromont-Mt Kilimanjaro Mountain Research Conference 2019-06-13
2017 Ave Suija, Ulla Kaasalainen, Paul Kirika, Jouko Rikkinen
Taitaia, a novel lichenicolous fungus in tropical montane forests in Kenya (East-Africa)
published pages: , ISSN: 0024-2829, DOI:
The Lichenologist 2019-04-02

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