"Making a Lichen Together"
The Joint Genome Institute in the Department of Energy featured a news article on a recent paper by Daniele Armaleo et al. in BMC Genomics. "The lichen symbiosis re-viewed through the genomes of Cladonia grayi and its algal partner Asterochloris glomerata" analyzed the genomes and transcriptomes of the fungus and the alga both separately and together. The study could illuminate future research on bioengineering symbionts for energy production, and on modeling global carbon and nitrogen cycling.
For more on the publication, see https://biology.duke.edu/news-events/news/armaleo-et-al-publish-lichen-symbiosis.