Articles | Volume 17, issue 22
Research article
23 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 23 Nov 2020

Modelling the habitat preference of two key Sphagnum species in a poor fen as controlled by capitulum water content

Jinnan Gong, Nigel Roulet, Steve Frolking, Heli Peltola, Anna M. Laine, Nicola Kokkonen, and Eeva-Stiina Tuittila


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (06 Apr 2020) by Michael Bahn
AR by Jinnan Gong on behalf of the Authors (15 Apr 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 May 2020) by Michael Bahn
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (22 May 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (28 May 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (04 Jun 2020) by Michael Bahn
AR by Eeva-Stiina Tuittila on behalf of the Authors (26 Jun 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (10 Jul 2020) by Michael Bahn
Short summary
In this study, which combined a field and lab experiment with modelling, we developed a process-based model for simulating dynamics within peatland moss communities. The model is useful because Sphagnum mosses are key engineers in peatlands; their response to changes in climate via altered hydrology controls the feedback of peatland biogeochemistry to climate. Our work showed that moss capitulum traits related to water retention are the mechanism controlling moss layer dynamics in peatlands.
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