Briofite

Part of the Cryoteam went back to sample the remaining part of the Canada glacier moraine that we started yesterday.

It was a bright and sunny day and we were amazed at seeing how lush green some of the briofite were! Briofite is Italian for bryophyte, which is a group of plants including mosses.

We started noticing how they mainly grow in shaded spots on the side or under rocks. As the moraine flattens out the mossy green patches start being displaced by darker mats.

It is incredible to see how what at first sight looks like loose soil hosts very thick mats pretty much on any exposed soil between rocks.

Their intricate structure probably hosts a complex microbial community similar to that of hot desert biocrusts!

We will find out more once we sequence the community of the samples!

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