The role of bryophytes in nutrient cycling in the taiga
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Walter C. Oechel; Keith Van Cleve
Editor(s): Keith Van Cleve; F. Stuart Chapin III; Patrick W. Flanagan; Leslie A. Viereck; C. Theodore Dyrness
Publication Year: 1986

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forest
  • bryophytes
  • carbon
  • forest ecosystems
  • forest floor
  • light compensation point
  • maximum photosynthetic rate
  • moss
  • nutrient cycling
  • taiga
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Record Last Modified: October 15, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 1833


The bryophytes of the boreal forest are interesting in that they may form a minor element of the community in terms of biomass, while simultaneously being a major element in terms of cover and primary productivity. Even more importantly, the mosses may control ecosystem function through rapid nutrient uptake and through their effects on both the thermal environment of the soil and associated development of permafrost. Consequently, mosses can have major effects on vascular plant productivity and nutrient cycling in the ecosystem.

Online Link(s):
Oechel, Walter C.; Van Cleve, Keith. 1986. The role of bryophytes in nutrient cycling in the taiga. Pages 121-137 in: Van Cleve, Keith; Chapin III, F. Stuart; Flanagan, P. W.; Viereck, Leslie A.; Dyrness, C. Theodore (editors), Forest Ecosystems in the Alaskan Taiga. New York, NY: Springer Verlag.