Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment <div id="additionalHomeContent"> <p><strong>About the Journal:</strong></p> <p><em>Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment</em>&nbsp;is a biannual peer reviewed journal dedicated to cryptogams (algae, fungi, lichens, bryophytes and pteridophytes) and their systematics, ecology, diversity, biomonitoring, bioprospection, conservation, climate change and other allied themes. Cryptogam Biodiversity and Assessment publishes the most significant research across the basic and applied research on cryptogam. The journal follows the standards for high-quality science set by the Indian Lichenological Society.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the Indian Lichenological Society (ILS)</strong></p> <p>ILS is a registered society under the Society Registration Act 1860, with its Head Quarter at Lucknow. The major aim of the society is to promote lichen research in India. The society aims to encourage research and developmental activity for the advancement in aspects of Lichenology and other cryptogams. By constituting the society we intend to bring together all lichen researchers scattered all over the country under a single platform.</p> </div> <div id="announcementsHome">&nbsp;</div> en-US (Ashwini Shukla) (Susheel Kumar) Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 OJS 60 Contributions of Dr D D Awasthi to the world of Lichenology <p>Dr. Dharni Dhar Awasthi is popularly known as 'Father of Lichenology in India' for laying<br>a strong foundation for lichen research in India. Starting from the year 1948 to till 2010 he<br>produced over 90 important publications, including research articles, chapters, monographs<br>and books. Dr. Awasthi described a total of four new genera, 74 new species and proposed 68<br>new combinations. Various lichen researchers described two new genera and dedicated a total<br>21 species in the name of Dr. Awasthi. In this article, we discuss important contributions and<br>list the novel taxa described by Dr. Awasthi and taxa dedicated to him, together with a complete<br>list of his publication.</p> Sanjeeva Nayaka, Neha Pal ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Bunodophoron awasthii, a new lichen species from India <p>Bunodophoron awasthii, a new lichen species is described from the Eastern Himalaya, India.<br>It is characterized by the solid, erect, non-isidiate, crowded, richly branched and anastomosing<br>thallus with mostly ± flattened main branches and subterete to terete lateral branches, terminal<br>to subterminal apothecia, hyaline to brownish grey, globose, 6.3–9.4 μm diam. ascospores,<br>sphaerosphorin and stictic acid complex as lichen substances.</p> Gopal Prasad Sinha, T. A. M. Jagadeesh Ram ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Pyrenula awasthii sp. nov., containing Lichexanthone and Anthraquinone from India <p>Pyrenula awasthii is described as new to science. The new species is characterized by the corticate<br>UV+ yellow thallus, yellow to orange K+ red medulla, solitary perithecia immersed in thalline<br>warts, non-inspersed hamathecium and muriform 40–57 × 17.5–25 μm ascospores. The new<br>species is so far known from Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur states.</p> Gaurav Kumar Mishra, Sanjeeva Nayaka, Dalip Kumar Upreti, Rajesh Bajpai ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Diversity of Macrolichens of Wayanad district, Kerala, India with some New Records <p>The present paper deals with the enumeration of macrolichens of Wayanad district, Kerala,<br>India. More than 500 lichen specimens were studied and analysed which resulted in 97 species<br>of macrolichens in the study area. Of the 97 species, fifteen were found to be new to Kerala<br>state, and among them, two species were new to the Indian Peninsula.</p> Arun Christy, Arsha Santha Mohan, Aswathi Anilkumar, Stephen Sequeira ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Additional records of Pyrenocarpous lichens form the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India <p>Nineteen species of pyrenocarpous lichens are added to the lichen flora of the Andaman<br>and Nicobar Islands, India. Lithothelium nanosporum (C. Knight) Aptroot, Nigrovothelium<br>inspersotropicum Aptroot &amp; Diederich, Pseudopyrenula media Aptroot &amp; Diederich, Pyrenula<br>ciliata Aptroot, P. cocoes Müll. Arg., P. fulva (Kremp.) Müll. Arg., P. septicollaris (Eschw.)<br>R.C. Harris, P. sexlocularis (Nyl.) Müll. Arg. and P. subglabrata (Nyl.) Müll. Arg. are reported<br>as new records for India.</p> T.A.M. Jagadeesh Ram ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Additions to the Lichen Biota of undivided Nagaon District with special reference to Tylophoron protrudens Nyl., a new record to Assam State of India <p>An enumerative account of 31 lichen species new to undivided Nagaon district of Assam, species<br>under 21 genera and 14 families is provided. Among the 31 species 27 are crustose, two are<br>leprose and species each of, foliose and squamulose. Tylophoron protrudens Nyl. is recorded<br>for the first time to the lichen flora of Assam and its brief description is provided. The species<br>were collected from seven localities and maximum number of lichen species has been recorded<br>from Suang Forest area. A detailed exploratory work on lichens will definitely contribute to the<br>lichen biota of India as well as Assam as most of the forests of erstwhile Nagaon district has<br>not been explored yet.</p> Rupjyoti Gogoi, Farishta Yasmin, Sanjeeva Nayaka ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Physiochemical Response of the Lichen genus Everniastrum as Bioindicator of Ambient Air Nitrogen Deposition along with an Elevation Gradient in a Temperate-alpine Habitat of Western Himalaya <p>The high elevation habitats of the Himalayas in the past few decades are experiencing intense land<br>use changes due to tourism-related anthropogenic activities. These habitats receive moderate to<br>higher deposition of Nitrogen through vehicular, agricultural practices, and other urban exhausts.<br>Nitrophobic lichens of the family Parmeliaceae largely populate the high elevation habitats. The<br>current study explores the capability of the Parmelioid genus Everniastrum as a bioindicator of<br>nitrogen pollution in a temperate-alpine habitat. The study explored the correlation between the<br>nitrogen accumulation in the thallus of two common Everniastrum species of the landscape to<br>the photobiont chlorophyll, carotenoids, and chlorophyll degradation. The study concluded that<br>one of the species Everniastrum cirrhatum can be an appropriate bioindicator of ambient air N<br>deposition and can be used in long-term biomonitoring experiments.</p> Himanshu Rai, Roshni Khare, Rajan K. Gupta, Avinash B. Ade ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Primary Investigation of Lichenized Fungi in and around High-altitude Sacred Wetland Hemkund in Western Himalaya <p>The present study deciphers the lichen diversity in and around the high-altitude sacred wetland<br>Hemkund in Uttarakhand. The study revealed an occurrence of 90 species of lichens belonging<br>to 45 genera and 18 families. Among the different lichen families of the Hemkund region,<br>Parmeliaceae with 18 species belonging to 13 genera is the dominant, followed by Cladoniaceae<br>with 17 species belonging to 3 genera and Peltigeraceae with 15 species belonging to 4 genera.<br>Among the different growth forms of lichens; foliose comprises the highest number of 49<br>species, followed by 16 dimorphic lichens taxa. The area exhibits maximum number of rock<br>and soil inhabiting lichens with 39 and 19 spp. Thus, this study reveals the lichens richness in<br>the region providing new insights that can be used as a cumulative indicator of environmental<br>quality, conservation measures and future bio-monitoring studies.</p> Roshni Khare, Subhash Gaikwad, Sachin Mapari, Avinash Bapurao Ade, Bhaskar Charan Behera ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Study on distribution of Roccella montagnei Bél., across the Marine National Park and Sanctuary in Gulf of Kachchh, West Coast, India <p>Several field explorations were undertaken during 2015–2018 to study the distribution of Roccella<br>montagnei Bél., across the Marine National Park and Sanctuary in Gujarat. R. montagnei is<br>the only fruticose lichen of family Roccellaceae recorded from MNPS area. A total of 108<br>specimens were collected from bark and rocks. The epiphytic lichens were recorded from<br>17 species of plants. The study revealed that Ceriops tagal, a mangrove plant and Salvadora<br>persica, a mangrove associated plant found to be the major substratum for the lichens followed<br>by Rhizophora mucronata. Out of the 19 islands surveyed R. montagnei is recorded from 15<br>islands of which Bhens bid and Bhaidar showed luxuriant growth. The information gathered in<br>the study will act as baseline data and useful for future ecological and biomonitoring studies in<br>the National Park. The abundant growth of R. montagnei in the study area can serve as resource<br>for the bioprospecting and identification of secondary metabolites.</p> Bhasker Punjani, Jayesh Raval, Sanjeeva Nayaka, Dalip Kumar Upreti ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530 Lichenological studies in Nepal: A critical review <p>Lichens are some of the ubiquitously distributed symbionts with a circumpolar distribution. The<br>Himalayan habitats are lichenologically among the most researched region in Asia. European<br>and Japanese researchers initiated the lichenological research in the Nepal Himalayas, which was<br>later carried out predominantly by Indian lichenologists. The cumulative diversity of lichens in<br>Nepal constitutes 882 species belonging to 186 genera and 61 families. Though the lichenological<br>studies in Nepal largely constitute taxonomic and diversity enumeration studies, works in other<br>applied fields have started in the last decade. The present review refers to the various taxonomical<br>studies on lichens of Nepal by various researchers. The review also investigates the works done<br>in the field of biomonitoring and bioprospection. The review conclusively discusses the prospects<br>of lichen research in the country regarding the rich lichen biodiversity recorded so far and the<br>various developments in the field of modern lichenology.</p> Pramod Nag, Himanshu Rai, Dalip Kumar Upreti, Rajan Kumar Gupta ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0530