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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

culture with egg yolk

Subject: Re: How to grow mosses?
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 22:15:24 -0400 (EDT)
From: Janice M. Glime <>


I used egg yolk rather than buttermilk and found that a large mass of
moss looked like Swiss cheese about one week after I had draped it over
the rock. The moss had been looking wonderful, but suddenly was stripped
and had 7-8 cm holes in the mat. When I picked it up to see what was
going on, hundreds of isopods fell from the mat (presumably Porcellio
scaber). These fellows are night-active and could well be the problem in
the buttermilk plantings.
Janice M. Glime, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
FAX 906-487-3167

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