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dc.contributor.authorBlanchon, Dan
dc.description.abstractLichens are often overlooked in ecological surveys, yet they have an essential part to play in ecosystems. Some lichen species are involved in the formation of the first soils on rocky substrates and subsequently aid in soil stabilization. Other lichen species contain cyanobacteria and can therefore fix atmospheric nitrogen, making them highly important in the nitrogen cycle of grassland and forest ecosystems. Lichens are also important habitat for invertebrates, which in turn are food for birds and reptiles. Most lichen species are sensitive to air pollution, and as a general rule, the more species of lichens in an area, the cleaner the air. New Zealand has a particularly rich lichen flora, with 1799 taxa currently accepted (de Lange et al. 2012b), which is around 10% of the total lichen species recognized in the world (Galloway 2007). All New Zealand lichens are considered to be native, although many are also found in other parts of the world.en_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland Botanical Societyen_NZ
dc.subjectAuckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectspecies extinctionen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titleAuckland lichensen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderAuckland Botanical Societyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden050104 Landscape Ecologyen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationBlanchon, D. J. (2013). Auckland lichens. Auckland Botanical Society Journal. 68(1) : 21-27.en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.volume68 (1)en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleAuckland Botanical Society Journalen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaNatural Sciences

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