Welcome in the Website of the Peatland Ecology Research Group!
The Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) was formed through the partnership of the university scientific community, the Canadian peat moss industry and federal and provincial agencies. Our common objective is the integrated sustainable management of Canadian peatlands.
Mission of the PERG: to contribute to society choices on utilization and conservation of peatlands through education and research and to a better understanding of these ecosystems.
The research team is headed by Dr. Line Rochefort of Université Laval (Québec, Canada). Since 1992, this research group has lead many projects, dealing with:
Since 2003, PERG's projects are going on within the Industrial Research Chair in Peatland Management, with still the support and collaboration of the Canadian Peat industry. The third term chair program (2013 to 2018) is divided in three main research avenues:
From 2013 to 2018, other projects will be carried out under a Collaborative Research and Development Grant related to the Industrial Research Chair, and awarded to the regular PERG researchers. This grant is entitled "Farm, restore and model: responsible management of peatlands for a sustainable Canadian horticultural peat industry" and focuses on four areas of research:
Work that we have done to date is recognized at the international level. In addition, our expertise in restoration and conservation has created a strong interest from the private sector, governments, and conservation organizations.