Lichenology -
the knowledge of lichens
What is a lichen?
A lichen is essentially a stable self-supporting association of a fungus (mycobiont) and an alga or cyanobacterium (photobiont). A lichen is an ecologically obligate, stable mutualism between an exhabitant fungal partner and an inhabitant population of extracellularly located unicellular or filamentous algal or cyanobacterial cells.

(Hawksworth & Honegger in Williams (ed.) Plant galls: 77, 1994)

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