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Monday, August 11, 2008

moss culture

Subject: moss culture
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 09:00:37 +1000
From: Ian Hodgins <>

Greetings Fellow Bryophyte Culturers
Jaan has raised an interesting question. I cultured soil samples
from SW Queensland under similar conditions and there was no growth
of bryophytes in sterilized soil after two months but the plants
regenerating in the unsterilized soil did not include any species
that had not been found at the study site. My
sterilized controls did not include any intact soil crust
unfortunately only seived soil like the experimental samples. Clearly
we need better controlled conditions to investigate this problem. I
haven't looked at the literature on germination of bryophyte spores
on artificial media perhaps we could hear from some of you who are
experienced in that area.

Keep up the interesting observations on rarity.
Ian Hodgins
Botany Department
The University of Queensland
Qld, 4072
Ph. (07)3365 1457

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