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What are the physiological relationships between the algal and fungal components of lichens?



The fungal component holds water, provides protection and ideal housing to algal component. The algal component provides organic food to fungal component. If the algal component is capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen it supplies fixed nitrogen to fungal component. This type of physiological relationship between algae and fungi of lichen is termed as mutualistic symbiotic association.

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