PROJECT TITLE: Species delimitation and phylogeny of neotropical Lecanora s.l. (lichen-forming Ascomycota, Lecanoromycetes) from Bolivia based on multilocus and phenotypic data
Period of project implementation: 01.03.2017 - 29.02.2020
Status: in progress
Project leader: prof. dr hab. Lucyna Śliwa
The project focuses on neotropical species of Lecanora occurring in Bolivia with special emphasis on species delimitation and phylogenetic relationships among them. Both symbionts, fungus (mycobiont) and algae (photobiont), will be genetically characterized and subjected to various analyses. The project will be an important contribution to our knowledge of neotropical lichens. It will be the first study on the genus Lecanora to incorporate: i) multilocus molecular data including novel markers that can be potentially applied to systematic studies on a broader selection of mycobionts from the Lecanoraceae; ii) implementation of numerous methods for species delimitation and validation; iii) and the inclusion of photobionts associated with the Lecanora mycobionts. It will also provide a solid framework for future comprehensive revision of the whole genus Lecanora.