Growth and regeneration of lichen thalli with the central portions artificially removed

Richard A. Armstrong

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The 12-month radial growth of Parmelia conspersa thalli with isidia or with apothecia and isidia was not influenced by removal of the thalli centres. When large thalli had their centres removed and the thallus perimeter was divided into fragments of about 1.0cm in diameter, growth of the fragments was less than the controls, but recovered to near control values after four or five months growth. These results suggest first, that fixed carbon for radial growth may be made in a narrow annulus at the perimeter and second, that there may be little transfer of fixed carbon between the annulus and the centre of the thallus ar around the annulus. Fragments of the centre and the perimeter regenerated growing points, suggesting that fragmentation may be an important method of vegetative reproduction in some lichens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-178
Number of pages4
JournalEnvironmental and Experimental Botany
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1979



  • radial growth
  • Parmelia conspersa
  • thalli
  • isidia
  • apothecia
  • lichens

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