Variability of water storage capacity in three lichen species

Anna Klamerus-Iwan , Rafał Kozłowski , Joanna Przybylska , Wiktor Solarz , Wojciech Sikora


As poikilohydric organisms, lichens are capable of storing significant amounts of atmospheric water. Epiphytes that intercept rainfall change the amount and chemical composition of throughfall water, affecting water balance and microclimate of forest ecosystems. The aim of the study was to investigate the differences in the process of changes/increase in the amount of water in three lichen species: Evernia prunastrii, Hypogymnia tubulosa and Platismatia glauca. In the experiment, conducted under laboratory conditions, samples of thalli were wetted with constant doses of water and weighed in order to determine the amount of water storage capacity from simulated rainfall. The studied lichen species differed in terms of process dynamics and values of water storage capacity, probably due to the morphological structure of thalli. Average water retention was the highest in Platismatia glauca (33.58 %), lower in Evernia prunastrii (19.77 %) and the lowest in Hypogymnia tubulosa (15.38 %). Analyzed taxa with larger water storage capacity are also known to be more sensitive to air pollution.
Author Anna Klamerus-Iwan (FoF / Department of Forest Utilization, Engineering and Forest Technology)
Anna Klamerus-Iwan,,
- Department of Forest Utilization, Engineering and Forest Technology
, Rafał Kozłowski - Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce
Rafał Kozłowski,,
, Joanna Przybylska - Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce
Joanna Przybylska,,
, Wiktor Solarz (FoF)
Wiktor Solarz,,
- Faculty of Forestry
, Wojciech Sikora (FoF)
Wojciech Sikora,,
- Faculty of Forestry
Journal seriesBiologia, [Biologia (Poland)], ISSN 0006-3088, e-ISSN 1336-9563, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishEcohydrology, Epiphyte, Forest retention, Pollution, Rainfall, Water storage capacity
ASJC Classification1103 Animal Science and Zoology; 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics; 1110 Plant Science; 1303 Biochemistry; 1307 Cell Biology; 1311 Genetics; 1312 Molecular Biology
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Variability of water storage capacity in three lichen species of 14-07-2020
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.525; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 0.728 (2) - 2018=0.92 (5)
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