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The Biology of Peatlands

Hakan Rydin and John K Jeglum


Peatlands form intriguing landscape elements in large parts of the world and play important roles for biodiversity and for the atmospheric carbon balance. The Biology of Peatlands begins with an overview of the main peatland types (marsh, swamp, fen, and bog), which provides the basis for a deeper understanding of the diversity of the entire range of biota present (microbes, invertebrates, plants, and vertebrates), together with their specific adaptations to peatland habitats. Detailed coverage is devoted to the moss genus Sphagnum, the most important functional plant group in northern peatlan ... More

Keywords: adaptation, climate change, hydrology, mire, nutrient cycling, peat, restoration, vegetation, wetland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198528722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hakan Rydin, author
Department of Plant Ecology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

John K Jeglum, author
Department of Forest Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden