Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG)

The GRET, a winning partnership!


The Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) was formed through partnerships in the university scientific community, the Canadian peat moss industry and federal and provincial agencies. The main objective of its four stakeholders is to ensure integrated and sustainable management of Canadian peatlands.

Headed by Dre Line Rochefort since 1992, PERG has led many studies dealing with:

  • The development of restoration techniques after peat harvesting;
  • Natural revegetation after peat harvesting;
  • Hydrology, geochemistry and microbiology of natural, harvested and restored peatlands;
  • Peatland conservation strategies;
  • Peatland arthropod, amphibian, bird, and mammal populations.

Since 2003, PERG's projects continue to take place under the Industrial Research Chair in Peatland Management, while in close collaboration with the Canadian peat industry.

The work that PERG has realized to date is recognized on an international scale. What’s more, the group’s expertise in the subject of restoration and conservation has sparked great interest from the private sector, the government as well as conservation organizations.