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Xanthoria parietina, opportunistic, herbaria collections
Lichens are one of the world’s ubiquitous group of organisms. They have been documented from frigid tundras to arid deserts. While some species are known to be particularly hardy and flexible in their habitats, many species are linked to specific growing conditions. As the global climate changes, the geographical range for different growing conditions shifts. Economic trade and human travel provide new opportunities for species to access new locations that are beginning to develop habitable conditions. Xanthoria parietina has been observed in the Great Basin (a region outside of its typical coastal distribution) found in newly built horticultural landscapes. Individuals that are introduced are found to only survive a year or two before dying. A specimen found on BYU campus is believed to be the only observed individual to have persistent growth for more than a decade.
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Baugh, Mikele and Leavitt, Steve, "Introducing Xanthoria parietina: Invasive, Naturalized, or Opportunistic?" (2022). Library/Life Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition 2022. 13.
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