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materilaised:protonemata by thom faulders

 

Faulders Studio collaborated with Sarah Eppley/Eppley Lab, Portland State University, OR, to develop a process for visualizing living bryophyte growth stages. These cultures further investigate our Bryophyte Building project, designed as an exterior building skin that absorbs airborne moss spores. After isolating individual Ceratodon purpureus (Fire Moss) spores, Eppley Lab cultivated the growths for a period of up to 6 months, and documented the network-like spread of its root system, called protonema.

Found on all continents, Ceratodon purpureus survives in extreme hot and cold environments, thrives in urban environments and is resistant to pollution, and is able to root on a wide variety of substrates. Our intention here is to document strategic patterns of bryophyte development as the spores mature, branch, and replicate in search of nutrients and light. (see Bryophyte Building).

Photography: Courtesy of Eppley Laboratory

 

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Name: Ceratodon purpureus (Fire Moss)
Size: 25mm
Age: 6 months from several spores
Substrate: agar
Location: Eppley Laboratory, Portland State University
Notes: healthy gametophytic and protonemal growths; gray splotches are also moss growths

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Name: Ceratodon purpureus (Fire Moss)
Size: 40mm
Age: 3 months from single spore
Substrate: agar
Location: Eppley Laboratory, Portland State University
Notes: protonemata in search of nutrients and light

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Name: Ceratodon purpureus (Fire Moss)
Size: 45mm
Age:
4 months from one or more spores
Substrate: agar
Location: Eppley Laboratory, Portland State University
Notes: protonemata in search of nutrients and light

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Name: Ceratodon purpureus (Fire Moss)
Size: 55mm
Age: 3-6 months from single spore
Substrate: agar
Location: Eppley Laboratory, Portland State University
Notes: gametophytes growing in center; protonemata curl in search for nutrients and light

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Name: Ceratodon purpureus (Fire Moss)
Size: 25mm
Age:
6 months from single spore
Substrate: agar
Location: Eppley Laboratory, Portland State University
Notes: gametophytes with some protonemal extensions; growth is healthy and does not require sending out protonemata in search of nutrients and light

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