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Re: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?

Subject: Re: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?
From: AV Arboriculture
Date: Nov 22 2021 09:04:08
I am not an ecologist, I know nothing of Klinger's authority and I haven't 
read Klinger's papers, but a quick look at one of his papers' summaries shows 
lots of clauses expressing uncertainty (excerpts below, the highlights are 
mine). I am still to be convinced that all forests will tend towards 
peat-bogs. Call me old-fashioned but I would need more scientific consensus 
and more scientific evidence. 

"This paper presents a model of a possible Gaian mechanism related to 
landscape-level successional changes during a glacial-interglacial cycle. The 
model is based on the view that terrestrial successions converge toward bogs, 
rather than toward old-growth forest, and that bogs represent structurally 
and compositionally stable (climax) communities. T he model also assumes , as 
in classical successional theory, that during the course of succession the 
biota modifies the environment, both the soil and the atmosphere, to favor 
the progression of succession toward the climax state." 
https://suddenoaklifeorg.wordpress.com/category/peatlands/ 




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