The Bavarian State Collection of Zoology Munich
Insects sensing the water quality
Link to the publication: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1755-0998.12683
The Bavarian Botany and Mycology State State Collection Munich (BSM)
Lichens: Indicators for bad air and climate change
Lichens have been known for being reliable indicators for air pollution for a long time. However, scientists at the Botany and Mycology State Collection Munich (BSM) also do research on certain lichen species that are very sensitive to temperature and rainfall changes, and therefore climate change. The common greenshield lichen Flavoparmelia soredians is one of those typical indicators for climate change, athough it has been indigenous to Germany only for some years. Thanks to a large collection of lichens and such databases, as well as to modern genetic determination methods at the BSM, even species that are quite hard to identify can now be precisely identified, which in turn helps to demonstrate changes affecting the climate.