Mossy Oaks Are Dripping with Organic Matter
Epiphyte-bearing trees leach carbon when it rains.
The live oak forests of Savannah, Ga., are famous for their ghostly, gray-green curtains of Spanish moss. The moss belongs to a group of plants called epiphytes, which live in the branches and trunks of trees and get everything they need to survive from the Sun and the air. A new study reveals that epiphyte-draped forests play an underappreciated role in the local ecosystem by leaching dissolved organic matter (DOM), which mostly contains carbon, into the soil, streams, and rivers during rainstorms....more
-- Emily Underwood, Freelance Writer,
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Temporal Dynamics in the Concentration, Flux, and Optical Properties of Tree‐Derived Dissolved Organic Matter in an Epiphyte‐Laden Oak‐Cedar Forest
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Eos.org: Earth & Space Science News
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