Lobe interactions within the thallus margin and the maintenance of symmetry in the lichen Parmelia conspersa (Ehrh. ex Ach.)Ach.

Armstrong, Richard A. (1995). Lobe interactions within the thallus margin and the maintenance of symmetry in the lichen Parmelia conspersa (Ehrh. ex Ach.)Ach. Symbiosis, 18 (2), pp. 129-142.

Abstract

This study determined whether the radial growth of lobes of the foliose lichen Parmelia conspersa (Ehrh. ex Ach.)Ach. was influenced by the radial growth and morphology of their closest neighbours and whether such interactions influence thallus symmetry. The radial growth and morphology of a sample of adjacent lobes from six thalli was measured. Positive correlations were observed between radial growth and lobe width in three thalli and with the degree of bifurcation of the lobe in two thalli. Negative correlations between the radial growth of adjacent lobes were observed in four thalli suggesting that faster growing lobes may inhibit the growth of their neighbours.Lobes glued next to individual lobes had no signifiacnt effect on the radial growth of wide or narrow lobes. Lobes glued 1-2 mm in front of their neighbours exhibited an intital phase of increased radial growth and then a phase of slower growth. Radial growth decreased when the lobes were glued 2 mm behind their neighbours and these lobes were essentially eliminated by the growth of the adjacent lobes. The data suggest that lobe interactions may incresae lobe growth variation within a thallus. However, the decrease in radial growth of lobes which protrude from the margin and the elimination of slower growing lobes may help to maintain thallus symmetry.

Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
Uncontrolled Keywords: lichen,parmelia conspersa,radial growth,interactions,lobe division
Published Date: 1995

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