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ForBioSensing, the largest position of the Lobaria pulmonaria in the Białowieża Forest

A number of phytosociological studies are performed in the project. Specialists take stock of undergrowth plants by performing so-called "Phytosociological photos". Contrary to appearances, these are not pictures in the colloquial sense, but an exact list of plants on a specific surface, where a specialist describes and counts occurring species, assigns them to individual layers and defines their characteristics. The purpose of these activities is to determine on their basis the plant community occurring in a given place.

So far, the project has taken about 2000 phytosociological photos on all types of forest habitats. Basic 22 forest complexes have been distinguished. And although it might seem that the Forest has already been tested in terms of the occurrence of many plants, the hero of today's news - Lobaria pulmonaria, is still being found in new positions.

(Lobaria pulmonaria (L.) Hoffm.) - a species of fungus from the family of borderworms (Lobariaceae). Due to intercourse with algae, it is classified as lichen [1].

The unusually impressive position of the Lobaria pulmonaria has been reached. The back of the thalli stretches over a length of about 5 m. The rug with thallus covers the greater part of the whole tree trunk.

This is his largest position, inventoried so far in the Białowieża Forest.


Text. W.Duranowska, A.Laskowska-Ginszt

Photos. A.Laskowska-Ginszt