Analyses of dryland biological soil crusts highlight lichens as an important regulator of microbial communities

@article{Maier2014AnalysesOD,
  title={Analyses of dryland biological soil crusts highlight lichens as an important regulator of microbial communities},
  author={Stefanie Maier and Thomas Sebastian Benedikt Schmidt and Lingjuan Zheng and Thomas Van de Peer and Viktoria Wagner and Martin Grube},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  year={2014},
  volume={23},
  pages={1735-1755}
}
Biological soil crusts (BSCs) provide important ecosystem services in dryland regions, including erosion control and contribution to nitrogen and CO2 fixation. As soil microorganisms are still rarely studied within the context of biodiversity planning, we describe, as a contribution to the Soil Crust International project, an approach that addresses this gap in biodiversity assessments. The purpose of the present study was a characterization of prokaryotic communities of BSCs formed by two… CONTINUE READING

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