Micropropagated Sustainable Sphagnum

Carbon Benefits of Sphagnum

Is Sphagnum moss the most important plant in the world?

Carbon benefits of Sphagnum moss

Sphagnum moss has huge climate benefits, as it is known to be excellent at sequestering carbon, taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Sphagnum has been around for millions of years, forming a key vegetation climate buffer. It plays the important role of absorbing carbon and storing it as deep layers of peat.

Damaged peatlands (including agricultural soils) expose this stored carbon, losing it back to the atmosphere.

Graph showing the comparison of emissions between different damaged peatland sites. A healthy peatland with Sphagnum has many benefits, including carbon sequestration and storage.
A vegetation cover of Sphagnum moss prevents emissions as well as sequestering carbon, as bare peat releases carbon.

Once peatlands are restored with vegetation including Sphagnum moss, their benefits include being excellent carbon stores and sinks. The living layer of vegetation (the acrotelm) can store up to 60 tonnes of carbon per hectare, when it is about 20 cm deep. This is in addition to stopping the carbon greenhouse gas emissions when damaged.

Our recent research has shown planting Sphagnum (BeadaHumok®) takes as little as one year to become a net carbon sink, once full coverage is established.

A little plant with massive potential!

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