Lichens, which are capable of initiating ecological succession even on a bare rock, are actually a symbiotic association of
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2014 Prelims]
(a) Algae and bacteria
(b) Algae and fungi
(c) Bacteria and fungi
(d) Fungi and mosses
- Lichens are a complex life form that is a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms, a fungus and an alga.
- The dominant partner is the fungus, which gives the lichen the majority of its characteristics, from its thallus shape to its fruiting bodies.