Mosses are vital to forests: from storing water to determining historical land uses

Their ability to store water, reflect changes in canopy openness, and mark areas used for the extraction of wood products are some of the reasons why forests should be considered. bryophytes –scientific name for mosses– as a vital part of forest ecosystems, the doctors highlighted Amelia Merced and Tamara Heartsill Scalleyof the International Institute of Tropical Forestry.

Both Merced and Heartsill Scalley led research on bryophytes, a set of small terrestrial plants that grow on rocks, logs and other surfaces that are abundant in humid environmentswhich took place in the forests associated with the El Verde Biological Stationin it El Yunque National Forestparticularly in the “Luquillo Forest Dynamic Plot”.

The study, titled “Habitat preferences and distribution of some common bryophytes in a tropical forest of the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico,” It covered an area “that has been studied since the 1980s. Since that time, never, to our knowledge, has a study of this type been done,” said Merced, an expert researcher in bryophytes and professor at the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).