Bryophytes213-page6 - Sphagnum as mentioned earlier cells...

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Bryophytes - 6 Vegetative Reproduction Mosses can spread by fragmentation of the gametophyte. Some produce multicellular propagules, called gemmae. Humans and Mosses Humans use mosses for decorative purposes on stone walls and rock gardens Mosses are pioneer ecological species. They are soil builders, slow erosion and retain moisture in barren environments. They are critical to the carbon cycle, and other mineral cycles, in high latitude and altitude ecosystems. Bog ecology centers around one moss,
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Unformatted text preview: Sphagnum , as mentioned earlier. cells have specialized water holding capacity and many air spaces. Partially decomposed Sphagnum forms peat, and when thoroughly compressed, a form of lignite coal. Peat is used for fuel, mulch and packing materials. Peat Bog Sphagnum water storing cells • More often, however, mosses are seen as nuisance organisms in the urban environment, and much effort is spent on trying to eradicate mosses from lawns, roofs and other structures....
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course BIO 213 taught by Professor Makina during the Fall '09 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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