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mycobiontMykobiont (ger.)

  • The fungal component of a lichen; a lichenized fungus. (OED 2011)

    Three new terms are here proposed […]. They are: […] (2) ‘mycobiont’, applicable to a fungus in association with an alga in the formation of a lichen.

    Scott, G.D. (1957). Lichen terminology. Nature 179, 486-487: 486.


    Photosynthetic symbionts of lichens should together be referred to as photobionts (antonym is mycobionts)

    Ahmadjian, V. (1982). Holobionts have more parts. International Lichenological Newsletter 15(2), 19.