The influence of bird droppings and uric acid on the radial growth of five species of saxicolous lichens

Armstrong, Richard A. (1984). The influence of bird droppings and uric acid on the radial growth of five species of saxicolous lichens. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 24 (1), pp. 95-99.

Abstract

Bird droppings were applied over 1 year as a thick paste and as a suspension in deionized water to five species of lichens with different distributions on and off bird perching stones. The paste and suspension increased the radial growth of Parmelia conspersa while the paste increased the growth of Xanthoria parietina and reduced the growth and caused loss of colour in Parmelia glabratula ssp. fuliginosa. There were no statistically significant effects of paste or suspension on the growth of Physcia grisea or Parmelia saxatilis. In P. conspersa and X. parietina the growth responses were similar through the year but in P. glabratula the inhibitory effect of the paste was significant after 8 months growth. Application of a suspension of uric acid over 1 year had no statistically significant effects on the growth of P. conspersa, P. glabratula or X. parietina and was unlikely to be responsible for the effects of bird droppings on growth. The growth responses of the five species agreed well with their distributions in the field.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0098-8472(84)90065-0
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
Life & Health Sciences > Ophthalmic Research Group
Life & Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: bird droppings,lichens,growth,Parmelia conspersa,Xanthoria parietina,Parmelia glabratula ssp. fuliginosa,Physcia grisea,Parmelia saxatilis
Published Date: 1984-02
Authors: Armstrong, Richard A. ( 0000-0002-5046-3199)

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