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photobiontPhotobiont (ger.)

  • The photosynthetic component of a lichen, which may be either a green alga or a cyanobacterium. (OED 2011)

    Photosynthetic symbionts of lichens should together be referred to as photobionts (antonym is mycobionts); the blue-green symbionts should be renamed cyanobionts or bactobionts; the green algal and other algal symbionts should continue to be referred to as phycobionts.

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