Bacterial diversity, pigments and nitrogen fixation of biological desert crusts from the Sultanate of Oman.

@article{Abed2010BacterialDP,
  title={Bacterial diversity, pigments and nitrogen fixation of biological desert crusts from the Sultanate of Oman.},
  author={Raeid M. M. Abed and Samiha Al Kharusi and Angela Schramm and Michael D. Robinson},
  journal={FEMS microbiology ecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={72 3},
  pages={418-28}
}
Biological desert crusts are relatively common in the arid deserts of the Sultanate of Oman; however, little is known about their microbial community composition and role in soil fertilization. We compared three crusts from geographically different locations for their soil texture, bacterial community structure, pigment composition and nitrogenase activity. The crusts were growing on alkaline (pH 7.6-8.7) loamy sand and silty loam soils. Microscopically, Microcoleus vaginatus was the most… CONTINUE READING

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