For the past couple of weeks me and my group have been looking for proper literature reviews for our research proposal pertaining to the species of Sphagnum Moss. We were having issues finding a methods that were similar to what we would like to do for the experimental procedure, but were having trouble. We were using key words such as moss, growth, absorbance, absorbance capacity and even lichen. At first it wasn’t successful, but after meeting with professor brewer we were able to narrow down some more search terms in order to find a methods that would work for us. Luckily we were able to find some articles and use them in the biblio and will be able to use these similar methods for our methods.
The next step for our research proposal was to figure out who we would conduct our methods. Because we were planning on using Sphagnum moss, we needed to find a place where we could get that sample. We figured getting the moss from an outside source because of the weather. Because UMass has other plant resources, we reached out to both the Durfee Conservatory staff and the Morrill Greenhouse staff to see if they had any Sphagnum moss they would be willing to donate for our project. Unfortunately, Durfee does not have any live moss that will absorb the amount of water we are looking for to determine the absorbance capacity. However, the staff at the Morrill Greenhouse believe that the moss they have could work. They said that the moss samples they have are currently dried up but they are used to measure water absorbance so we are going to get the samples we need in order to conduct our methods. Hopefully conducting our methods before our research proposal will help in our presentation of our experiment on Sphagnum Moss.