What is Lichen?
Certain fungal species team up with with algal plant cells
to form lichens. In a lichen the alga gets protection
and moisture: the fungus gets food that the alga makes
by photosynthesis. This is a winning combination;
lichens are able to thrive in extreme conditions.
They can also provide food for animals like caribou
which survive northern winters by feeding largely on
lichens like the misnamed Reindeer "Moss".
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