Prager, Anja; Greta Gaudig, Matthias Krebs, Jenny Schulz, Franziska Gahlert & Hans Joosten
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
propagule-storage, regrowth, sphagnum-farming, sphagnum-palustre
Prager et al 2012: Are Sphagnum Propagules Still Vital When Stored Up to 12 Months?
Theme V. Restoration, rehabilitation and after-use of disturbed peatlands
Storage and transport of Sphagnum propagules might be necessary for broad implementation of Sphagnum farming. We tested the vitality and growth of Sphagnum palustre after refrigerated storage at 6°C for three, six and twelve months in comparison to fresh peat mosses.
Even propagules stored for up to twelve months developed lawns with a similarly vital moss cover as fresh propagules. Fresh propagules, however, produced significantly more biomass when growing on peat. The fresher the propagules the better they are suited for Sphagnum farm establishment.