Lichen in Iceland

My main focus while in Iceland is to naturally dye fabric with lichen while concentrating on an environmental piece about preservation of species.
Lichen is fascinating as it is really a combination of two species – algae or cyanobacteria and fungus in a symbiotic relationship.
Some Lichens are considered among the oldest living species.

Lichen are self-contained miniature ecosystems are considered “pioneer species” , which means that they are among the first living things to grow on bare rock, difficult soil or areas denuded of life by a disaster. Some lichen have been used to monitor air pollution in the environment as they are unable to avoid the accumulation of pollutants.

Not all, but many lichen are currently endangered.

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