Cristina (NAU-Bowker Lab) set up her moss transplant garden this month! Adding to the current common garden experiments that were recently harvested, Cristina set up two small common gardens focused specifically on Syntrichia caninervis and Syntrichia ruralis in isolation from other biocrust species by reciprocally transplanting Syntrichia cores among the 3 sites along the currently established elevational-climate gradient in the Colorado Plateau.
How different are Syntrichia leaf morphology (shape)? Pretty different indeed! Mandy Slate (UM) is testing how differences in morphology may relate to hydration rates from the desiccation state!