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Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research
Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, INIA
ISSN: 0718-5820
EISSN: 0718-5839
Vol. 72, No. 2, 2012, pp. 296-300
Bioline Code: cj12047
Full paper language: English
Document type: Note
Document available free of charge

Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 72, No. 2, 2012, pp. 296-300

 en IMPROVING HARVESTING TECHNIQUES TO ENSURE Sphagnum check for this species in other resources REGENERATION IN CHILEAN PEATLANDS
Díaz, María F. & Silva, Wladimir

Abstract

Sphagnum check for this species in other resources species, primarily Sphagnum magellanicum check for this species in other resources Brid., are used internationally as a substrate for horticulture. Market demands have promoted indiscriminate exploitation leading to a number of potentially negative ecological and social consequences, including disruption of Sphagnum ecosystems, changes in water storage capacity of moss wetlands affecting water supply to rural communities and reduction of biodiversity. This study proposes improvements in harvesting techniques to ensure moss regeneration and promote sustainability of moss cover in harvested areas. The aim of this study was to determine the maximum harvesting depth for moss regeneration. Samples were taken and divided into sections associated with different depths. We recorded and marked the number of new green shoots of Sphagnum monthly. We found a negative relation between regeneration (appearance of new shoots) and depth. Our studies showed that 90% of new shoots recorded in 6-mo of measurements appeared within the first 12 cm depth. This work allowed us to generate some practical recommendations to farmers about maximum harvesting depth. To ensure regeneration, we recommend harvesting up to 12 cm below surface.

Keywords
Sphagnum moss, sustainable management, wetlands

 
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