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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sphagnum fuscum in northern Russia & Siberia

Subject: BRYONET: Re: BRYONET: most important bryophyte
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 15:47:26 +0300
From: Michael Ignatov <>


> Where is Sphagnum fuscum so common and important?

In the northern part of European Russia and the major part of West Asian Russia
and the southern part of Eastern part of Siberia, Sphagnum fuscum is very
common, often dominating in bogs and sometimes also in open forests. I believe
that in Russia in terms of biomass this is the number one among Sphagna. As
forests in Russia are also quite widespread I'd hesitate to compare its weight
with Hylocomium or else.

In one recent lecture of Prof. Isaev (Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk, Russia),
I heard that in Russia the ratio of fixed cardon in bogs to that in forests is
2.3:1. I feel that S. fuscum contributed a lot to this, although I never studied
this topic professionally.

Misha Ignatov

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