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Biological Soil Crusts : An Organizing Principle in Drylands

Springer International Publishing AG

Titre : Biological Soil Crusts : An Organizing Principle in Drylands

*Provides an updated overview of the field following the publication of Volume 150 on biocrusts in 2003 * Enhances our understanding of the role of biocrusts as an organizing principle in drylands * Identifies knowledge gaps and offers ideas for promising new research approaches

Editors : Weber, Bettina, Büdel, Burkhard, Belnap, Jayne (Eds.)
Publisher Springer International Publishing AG
Date de parution : Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016 (30 mai 2018)
Pages : 549

This volume summarizes our current understanding of biological soil crusts (biocrusts), which are omnipresent in dryland regions. Since they cover the soil surface, they influence, or even control, all surface exchange processes. Being one of the oldest terrestrial communities, biocrusts comprise a high diversity of cyanobacteria, algae, lichens and bryophytes together with uncounted bacteria, and fungi. The authors show that biocrusts are an integral part of dryland ecosystems, stabilizing soils, influencing plant germination and growth, and playing a key role in carbon, nitrogen and water cycling. Initial attempts have been made to use biocrusts as models in ecological theory. On the other hand, biocrusts are endangered by local disruptions and global change, highlighting the need for enhanced recovery methods. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the fascinating field of biocrust research, making it indispensable not only for scientists in this area, but also for land managers, policy makers, and anyone interested in the environment.


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