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The mission of the International Association of Bryologists (IAB), as a society, is to strengthen bryology by encouraging interactions among all persons interested in byophytes.

Monday, December 21, 2009

James Shevock on mosses in the news

Letter: Protect area's plant resources
Chico Enterprise-Record. Posted: 12/19/2009 09:22:55 AM PST

Ignorance may lead to unexpected and irreversible actions.

That could be the result of the apparently well-intentioned, but misguided efforts of The Flower Market in Chico in their effort to supply plant materials for use in Rose Parade floats.

"It all started during the summer when everyone gathered manzanita trees, moss and other materials from property around Butte County," Carol Vartabedian-Gregg said.
As moss expert James Shevock noted, "Vulnerability of bryophytes to environmental changes make them ideal candidates in both air and water pollution studies, as well as excellent indicators of climate change."

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