Moss can survive in antarctic temperatures!
Antartica is home to about 100 moss species,
which is by far the dominant plant species on the continent.
Antartica experiences very harsh conditions for plant life survival such as freezing temperatures, poor soil quality, little sunlight, and a lack of moisture! Research biologists from the Korea Polar Research Unit, funded by their “Polar Genomes 101 Project,” are looking into plant adaptation to harsh environmental conditions. They state, “We will search for as yet unknown signaling mechanisms in the moss that have evolved over millions of years to make life in remote and hostile places possible. I find this article and research fascinating! I have only ever really known Antartica for cold temperatures and penguins. It is very neat to learn that it is also home to 100 moss species as well! I have an open air globe with moss and tillandsia and am amazed that I only need to water it twice a week. It does not require much sunlight, attention, or certain temperatures. I love that moss is becoming increasingly popular as well as research on it!