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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Re: BRYONET: bryophytes and water storage in sclerophyllous

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Dear Victor,

According to my view a rich moss cover in sclerophyllous (and other)
forest, with its immense interceptive capacity, beneficial as
contributes to the steady water supply of the community, storing the

for the dry periods and supplying it slowly, acting as a buffer (see my

Pócs, T. (1980): The epiphytic biomass and its effect on the water
balance of two rain forest types in the Uluguru Mountains (Tanzania,
East Africa). Acta Bot.Acad.Sci.Hung. 26, 143-167.)

I experienced the negative effect of too strong interception only in
an ericaceous heath , but here it was done by the very large surface of
many tiny ericoid leaves, not by the bryophytes below.

On request I can send the paper in a PDF file, but not through Bryonet,
as it is too voluminous.

With greetings from Tamás Pócs

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