What's in a Lichen? How Scientists Got It Wrong for 150 Years | Short Film Showcase

Published on January 31, 2018
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Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! For 150 years, scientists believed lichen were defined by a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and algae. Meet the team of researchers who upended this belief in this short film by Andy Johnson, Talia Yuki Moore, Chris A. Johns, and Kate Furby.
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The fungus provides structure and support for the organism, while the algae produces food through photosynthesis. However, researchers recently discovered that certain lichen have an additional fungus in the mix. This threesome was revealed after a team set out to explain what made one type of lichen toxic versus another that was seemingly identical.

Watch the collaborative process unfold in this short film by Andy Johnson, Talia Yuki Moore, Chris A. Johns, and Kate Furby.
http://www.andyjohnsonphoto.com/
http://www.moorebiomechanics.com/
http://www.chrisajohns.com/
http://www.katefurby.com/

The film was created with support from Day’s Edge Productions at the International Wildlife Film Festival’s Filmmaker Labs. Macro photography by Tim Wheeler.
http://www.daysedge.com/
https://wildlifefilms.org/filmmaker-labs/
http://www.timwheelerphotography.com/

Learn more about John McCutcheon’s Lab at the University of Montana.
http://mccutcheonlab.org/

Follow the filmmakers on Twitter (@seakaterun, @taliamuaddib, @daysedge) and Instagram (@andyjohnsonphoto, @seakaterun).

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