S.fuscum TKG R&D

Sphagnum fuscum, the most common peat moss, is the only plant species that doesn’t decompose (if moist) upon death.  Peat moss is probably coal's precursor.  It may be possible to economically grow S.fuscum where there is presently rock, coniferous forest, or other GHG emitting species.  Ad-revenue from this blog will finance bathtub, greenhouse or in situ S.fuscum afforestation R+D using a moisture sponging underlayer that could include: silt, loess, clay, and/or transplanted fresh peat slices.

A general heuristic will be to follow the research already laid to facilitating the reclaimation of dessicated vacuum harvested peat bogs.  Except the targets of the Acrotelm transplants, clippings and spores will be less optimized but vaster landforms and flora.  Be more than happy when someone takes this over, hopefully being paid a fraction of a carbon price/trade.
  1. Project #1 will consist of indoor containers (30 sinks) of identical S.fuscum chunks removed from a mosquito and bear filled forest.  Various soil substrates will be mixed combinations of some of: sand, clay, silt, Russian loess (if possible), deep decomposed Sphagnum peat, other types of peat, lake bed substrate...the substrate will be wetted to simulate 600mm of annual rain (or less if experiment needs to end quick) and the S.fuscum chucks/sods will be placed on top at the start of experiment.  Ideally beginning Winter 2011/12.  The hope is some Acrotelm will underperform over months/yrs.
  2. Project #2 will pick the one or two best performing substrates above for an experiment focused upon determining optimal Acrotelm chunk size.  Different layers of Acrotelm will be removed (sliced) and a range of top surface areas will be placed upon the substrate winners of P1.  The substrates will be watered to simulate 600mm rain/yr or less if experiment must end quick.  Summer 2012 start at earliest.