Just not gonna link to anything depressing today. Just not.
“In the 150 years since Schwendener, biologists have tried in vain to grow lichens in laboratories. Whenever they artificially united the fungus and the alga, the two partners would never fully recreate their natural structures. It was as if something was missing—and Spribille might have discovered it.
He has shown that largest and most species-rich group of lichens are not alliances between two organisms, as every scientist since Schwendener has claimed. Instead, they’re alliances between three. All this time, a second type of fungus has been hiding in plain view.”
“You see how your measure of “success” can keep going up and up and up until you’re just never happy, ever. My spouse often shakes his head at me because I move my bar for success all the time. What I have is never enough. For me, this works, because if I was satisfied in my professional life I wouldn’t be inspired to do anything.”
“While this volume comes to a satisfying (if bittersweet) conclusion, there is clearly—thankfully!—more to come.
Ferocious and intelligent.”
“But it’s another reminder that when it comes to the big environmental problems we’ve created for ourselves, all hope is not lost.”
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