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Researchers in the US have recently contacted the BBS to request help with finding specimens of Physcomitrium pyriforme. For the last 2 years they have been working on a research project on plant genome evolution using this species as a model organism.
They have been running a citizen science program called PhyscoHunt, asking for the help of professional and amateur naturalists to obtain samples of this moss, and this has been quite successful in North America. However they have received very few samples from Europe and so are approaching us directly.
You can read more about this request from Raphael Medina and download their specific instructions on the type of sample needed and what to do with them from this link: Help us finding Physcomitrium pyriforme.
The US team, Raphael Medina, Bernard Goffinet and Matt Johnson, would like to thank you in advance for any samples you can provide.
Published: 28 January 2021