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Monday, August 11, 2008

moss culture

Subject: moss culture
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 15:03:55 -0400 (EDT)
From: Janice M. Glime <>

> From: "Jaan Palisaar" <Palisaar@pprz02.hrz.Uni-Marburg.DE>
> To:
> Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 10:55:50 +0000
> Subject: Growing bryophytes from soil samples
> Dear bryonetters,
> I had been growing soil samples taken from forests in our institutes
> greenhouse to check for emerging bryophytes and since I had no
> possibility to "seal" them against spore input from outside (too many
> samples, not enough money), I just placed empty samples between them
> to check the greenhouse artfacts. Now I'm wondering if bryophytes
> will establish equally on "sterilized" soil (I think the gardeners
> used steamed soil) and on native soil with all the fungi and
> everything still in it. Do bryophytes interact with fungi when
> growing, do they even have or need some kind of mykorrhiza? The reason I ask
> is that bryophyte establishment on this "null-samples" was very weak
> (some Bryum argenteum and some Campylium), but some of my real
> samples were overgrown with Funaria, Marchantia and Pohlia nutans,
> which I would consider candidats for greenhouse artefacts.
> Thanks for any suggestions
> Jaan Palisaar
> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Jaan Palisaar
> Unter den Eichen 35
> 35041 Marburg
> Germany
> email:
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