Microscopic relationships

by Donna Franklin.

Over the last few months Donna has been looking at small scale ecologies which lead to global outcomes. Specifically looking at Lichen and Fungi, and the possibilities of using them as bio-indicators of pollution levels.

Key words:

Alchemy, Fungi, Regeneration/Resurrection, refugee lifeform, extremophiles and Escape pods.

Lichen are 3 species in symbiosis. Fungi-algae-cyanobacteria. This is a deep microscopic relationship. Researchers have successfully separated the three invitro but could not stick them back together again. As fungi do not photosynthesise to produce carbohydrates, they work with these extremophiles in a plastic morphology adapting and changing in response to temperature, moisture and pollution levels. Here the fungi partner prepares to release spores.

Credit Line: Franklin, D. (2020). Lichen Sexual Reproduction. Living specimen.

A series of chambers, hairs, and neuron cells associated with the olfactory bulb inside the brain; The nasal cavity is the first line of defence. Sense of smell is an early warning system, connected to emotion and memory. The mucous production and act of sneezing expels particles, pollen and disease.

Credit Line: Franklin, D. (2020). Nasal Cavity, Sus scrofa domesticus. Fresh dissected tissue.

A 50-year-old lichen growing on our solar panel, 15cm in dia. The eroded centre, regenerating new tissue.

Credit Line: Franklin, D. (2020). Regeneration. Living specimen.