Temporal fluctuations of mineral concentrations as related to the physiological status of the lichen Ramalina lacera (With.) J.R. Laund.

Jacob Garty*, Haya Lehr, Rachel Garty-Spitz, Eliezer Ganor, Amnon Stupp, Pinhas Alpert, Isabella Osetinsky

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Abstract

The present review deals with alterations in Ca, K, Mg, Na, and P content and chlorophyll integrity of the epiphytic fruticose lichen Ramalina lacera in a forested rural area in Israel over an extended period. In the years 1978-2002, Ca was found to accumulate in significant amounts whereas the P content decreased. The K content did not change significantly in this period. The Mg and Na content measured in the years 1993-2002 did not show a clear pattern of change, either. The accumulation of Ca coincided with a significant increase of dust storms, originating in the Sahara Desert, in terms of dust-stormy days. The source of the above-mentioned elements is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-369
Number of pages9
JournalIsrael Journal of Plant Sciences
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Biomonitoring
  • Calcium
  • Chlorophyll
  • Lichen
  • Saharan dust

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