Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG)
Université Laval

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24-01-2020 New master's and doctoral offers in 2020!

Themes: fen restoration assessment, restoration of peatland pools, restoration of mineral areas in peatlands, peatland restoration in a cranberry farm context, bryophyte for mining restoration, recalcitrant vascular plants and...

18-11-2019 Québec RE3 Confernce, Québec City, 7-11 June 2020

Theme: From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding

18-11-2019 Next event: 26th PERG+ Symposium

Small symposium with our colleagues from McGill University

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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.


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:

  • The development of restoration techniques after peat harvesting;
  • Natural plant recolonisation after harvesting;
  • Hydrology, geochemistry, microbiology of natural, harvested and restored peatlands;
  • Peatland conservation strategies;
  • The peatland populations of arthropods, amphibians, birds, and mammals;
  • Sphagnum ecology and productivity.

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:

  • Plant propagation of fen species;
  • Establishment and facilitation of fen and bog species in degraded peat ecosystems;
  • Biology of Sphagnum.

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:

  • Land-use management;
  • Peatland restoration – a success? Flora monitoring;
  • Assessment of hydrological functions after peatland management;
  • Carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas exchange following peat extraction and restoration.

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.

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