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Measurement of moss growth in continental Antarctica

Selkirk, Patricia M; Skotnicki, Mary


Using steel pins inserted into growing moss colonies near Casey Station, Wilkes Land, continental Antarctica, we have measured the growth rate of three moss species: Bryum pseudotriquetrum and Schistidium antarctici over 20 years and Ceratodon purpureus over 10 years. This has provided the first long-term growth measurements for plants in Antarctica, confirming that moss shoots grow extremely slowly in Antarctica, elongating between 1 and 5 mm per year. Moss growth rates are dependent on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Polar Biology
DOI: 10.1007/s00300-006-0197-3


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