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The Role of Sphagnum in Peatland Development and Persistence

  • Håkan Rydin
  • Urban Gunnarsson
  • Sebastian Sundberg
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 188)

4.7 Conclusions

Sphagnum mosses not only dominate large areas of the boreal peatlands, but they have also formed these habitats by their growth and production of decay-resistant litter. As they invade, they can quickly transform a high-pH fen with little peat accumulation to a bog where large amounts of carbon is stored. They are also responsible for the many types of surface patterns observed in peatlands. Their ability to shape and transform mires can to a large extent be understood from the peculiar anatomy and biochemistry, a fact which makes the links between species’ traits and ecosystem functions in peatlands very strong.

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Vascular Plant Sphagnum Species Boreal Peatlands Mire Water Peatland Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Håkan Rydin
    • 1
  • Urban Gunnarsson
    • 1
  • Sebastian Sundberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant Ecology, Evolutionary Biology CentreUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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