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Biological Soil Crusts of Arctic Svalbard—Water Availability as Potential Controlling Factor for Microalgal Biodiversity
In the present study the biodiversity of biological soil crusts (BSCs) formed by phototrophic organisms were investigated on Arctic Svalbard (Norway). These communities exert several importantExpand
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Diversity of algae and lichens in biological soil crusts of Ardley and King George islands, Antarctica
In the present study the biodiversity of the most abundant phototrophic organisms forming biological soil crust communities were determined, which included green algae, diatoms, yellow-green algaeExpand
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Biological soil crusts of Arctic Svalbard and of Livingston Island, Antarctica
Biological soil crusts (BSCs) occur in arid and semi-arid regions worldwide including the Polar Regions. They are important ecosystem engineers, and their composition and areal coverage should beExpand
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Genus richness of microalgae and Cyanobacteria in biological soil crusts from Svalbard and Livingston Island: morphological versus molecular approaches
Biological soil crusts (BSCs) are key components of polar ecosystems. These complex communities are important for terrestrial polar habitats as they include major primary producers that fix nitrogen,Expand
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Ecophysiological Response on Dehydration and Temperature in Terrestrial Klebsormidium (Streptophyta) Isolated from Biological Soil Crusts in Central European Grasslands and Forests
The green algal genus Klebsormidium (Klebsormidiophyceae, Streptophyta) is a typical member of biological soil crusts (BSCs) worldwide. Ecophysiological studies focused so far on individual strainsExpand
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Desiccation tolerance and growth-temperature requirements of Coccomyxa (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) strains from Antarctic biological soil crusts
The genus Coccomyxa is frequently present in biological soil crusts from temperate regions but has also been found in Antarctic soils. Strain NIES 2166 (Coccomyxa subellipsoidea) from continentalExpand
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Soil microbial phosphorus turnover and identity of algae and fungi in biological soil crusts along a transect in a glacier foreland
Abstract Although biological soil crusts (BSCs) are known for a variety of ecological functions, the role of individual biocrust organism species in BSCs on their P cycling is almost unknown. ToExpand
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Cold Acclimation Improves the Desiccation Stress Resilience of Polar Strains of Klebsormidium (Streptophyta)
Biological soil crusts (BSCs) are complex communities of autotrophic, heterotrophic, and saprotrophic (micro)organisms. In the polar regions, these biocrust communities have essential ecologicalExpand
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Linking biological soil crust diversity to ecological functions