Feyerherm, Harvey A.||Bullington, Robert A. (Robert Adrian), 1908-2001
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Biological Sciences
Prior to the start of title study, no information was available as to the mosses that exist in the campus woods. This area is frequented by botany and ecology classes in the spring and fall months, end attention is given to the higher forms of vegetation. The writer believes that botanical study of an area, can not be conclusive without placing some emphasis on the smaller forms of plant life. The value of mosses today, is one of an academic nature. Their importance to man is practically nil*, though they can not be judged as being completely valueless because the future may prove them to be of some service to man. However, it would be foolhardy to regard masses as having no significant value in the world of plant life. Mosses are partly responsible for soil formations in many areas of the country. This is evident in certain areas where the earth’s surface is composed mainly of rook. Mosses also tend to prevent or arrest soil erosion on steep hills, cliffs, and river banks. The results of the study are not considered to be conclusive, and it is hoped that further investigations will be encouraged as a result of this inquiry.
Husa, John G., "Mosses of the campus woods" (1956). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4053.
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