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Lichen Labs Frequently Asked Questions

Here, we answer a few answers to the questions we are asked about the most! From how we chose our name to answering how does biomimicry solve problems? Do you have a question for us? If you simply drop us a note, we would be happy to answer.


Lichen are a unique life form consisting of a mutualistic symbiotic relationship of fungi and algae that live together as a composite organism.  The fungi provides the structure and the algae lives within the fungus and performs photosynthesis and makes the food. New research has found a lichen can be up to 3 fungi and an algae and or cyanobacteria that perform photosynthesis   Lichen live on a substrate (trees, ground or rocks) but are an epiphyte gaining moisture and minerals from the air.  They cover over 8% of the world’s terrestrial surface.  They can dry out completely for many years and with moisture, come back to life and begin photosynthesis.  Some types of lichen can live over 4000 years. Lichen is one of the organisms studied as part of a biomimicry program.

“Lichen Labs LLC ” works in partnership to solve problems in innovative symbiotic ways.


Nature has been doing R&D for 3.8 billion years since life appeared on Earth.  By connecting with the rest of nature, humans can find the solutions for many vexing problems.


Innovation inspired by Nature, or the conscious emulation of natural forms processes and systems.


Discovering models from nature, abstracting design principles from the bio-inspired strategies and translating those principles into sustainable innovations.

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