Bryophytes as food and as shelter

Anyone who has observed a bryophyte sample under the dissecting microscope realizes the extent to which bryophytes serve as a shelter for a vast array of micro-organisms. These range from myxomycetes of tropical rainforests, which display specialized biotypes on epiphyllous liverworts Schnittler 2001 to invertebrates, including aphids, nematodes, rotifers and tardigrades Merrifield amp Ingham 1998, Peck 2006 . In terrestrial environments, the moss habitat is attractive because it provides...