In a recent study, scientists have made an astonishing discovery about the remarkable capacity of moss to absorb carbon dioxide. The research highlights that moss can store six times more CO2 than other plant species, positioning it as a vital player in combating climate change.
Mosses survive by absorbing moisture from the air. In arid climates, their edges crumble inward, giving the impression of shriveling and dying. David Eldridge, an ecologist at the University of New South Wales, highlighted their extraordinary resilience, stating, „We‘ve taken mosses out of a packet after 100 years, squirted them with water, and watched them come to life. Their cells don‘t disintegrate like those of regular plants.“
Moreover, mosses appear to regulate plant pathogens effectively. Soil samples containing mosses exhibited a significantly lower pathogenic burden compared to those without mosses.
This exemplifies how the interconnectedness of life functions and why it is important to value all living organisms, as even small, simple, and primitive life forms contribute to maintaining a healthy ecosystem.