Importance of bryophytes
Bryophytes play an important role as pioneering plants in occupying
primary habitats as well as secondary habitats after disturbance.
They serve as homes for many invertebrates,
and are often found as construction material in bird nests.
Horticulturalists and landscape architects have found them invaluable,
particularly the use of peat moss and in the construction
of moss gardens and miniature gardens.
A few species are used in herbal medicine.
Johnson and Johnson has marketed a women's diaper made
with dried peat moss.
Bryophytes have also been used as air pollution indicators
and as model system for research.