Jan Häbler, Felicitas Bechstein
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
catamaran, harvest, harvester, moss, sphagnum
Theme V. Restoration, rehabilitation and after-use of disturbed peatlands
Within the joint project PROSUGA, members of seven institutions are developing a method of cultivating Sphagnum on water surfaces to gain a substrate for use in horticulture. Nearly 1,900 m² of floating mats were planted with peat moss. In its sub-project, the IASP is designing a harvester catamaran. Between the two hulls, the floating mats are pulled into a motorized mat feeder, lifting the mats for a clean cut. Finally the crops are removed and the mats are released at the water surface. The catamaran harvest has proven successful and is currently being optimized.