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sphag·num moss

a highly absorbent moss used as a substitute for absorbent cotton or gauze in surgical dressing and sanitary napkins.
Synonym(s): muskeag moss, peat moss

peat moss

1. Any moss of the large genus Sphagnum whose decomposed and compacted remains form peat. The moss is absorptive and acidic and inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi. Synonym: sphagnum moss
2. The decomposed and compacted remains of the mosses, used as a soil conditioner and as a dressing for wounds. It has also been used by some primitive people as a form of external menstrual protection. Synonym: sphagnum moss
See also: moss

peat, peat moss

used as bedding for housed cattle and horses and is very absorbent of water.

peat scours
chronic diarrhea in ruminants grazing pasture on peat-derived soils low in copper and/or high in molybdenum. See also copper nutritional deficiency, molybdenum.
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The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) Industry Social Responsibility Report is the result of several years of research and reporting.
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In bog environments, the tamarack is able to establish because of a tolerance for the acidic conditions created by Sphagnum mosses (Tilton 1978; Larsen 1982; Johnston 1990).
Palaeoecological evidence shows that in some extremely mineral-rich fens, the open mat is invaded simultaneously by trees and Sphagnum hummocks such that an open Sphagnum bog never develops (Swinehart & Parker 2000).
Contract notice: Life project alde feanen: measure c5 and c6 recovery sphagnum and reed wetland.
The peatlands, including parts of the Pennine moors, are internationally important for wildlife, supporting species like dunlin, sundew and sphagnum mosses.
In Sphagnum mosses, complete turgor loss is accompanied by a significant decrease in photosynthetic activity while [F.
Dust with hormone rooting powder and keep the wound open with sphagnum moss.
Hood was the president of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) for twenty years - from inception in 1988 until retiring from the position in 2008.