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Estimating Moss and Lichen Ground Layer Net Primary Production in Tundra, Peatlands, and Forests

Dale H. Vitt

in Principles and Standards for Measuring Primary Production

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780195168662
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168662.003.0006

Series: The Long-Term Ecological Research Network Series

 						Estimating Moss and Lichen Ground Layer Net Primary Production in Tundra, Peatlands, and Forests

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Bryophytes and lichens comprise a high proportion of biomass and primary production in many high latitude ecosystems. This chapter outlines the special problems encountered and approaches available for quantifying primary production in tundra, peatlands, and the ground vegetation of taiga forests dominated by these taxa. A primer on the terminology and growth patterns in these plants is provided. The use of a variety of innate and surrogate markers for quantifying annual growth is described. The problems of relating growth to primary production and of scaling these estimates for larger landscapes are detailed.

Keywords: bryophyte; high latitude; tundra; peatlands; ground vegetation; taiga forests

Chapter.  9956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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