Increasing aridity reduces soil microbial diversity and abundance in global drylands.

@article{Maestre2015IncreasingAR,
  title={Increasing aridity reduces soil microbial diversity and abundance in global drylands.},
  author={Fernando T Maestre and Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo and Thomas Charles Jeffries and David J Eldridge and V Yuliana Andrea Ochoa and Beatriz Gozalo and Jose Luis Quero and Miguel {\'A}ngel Garc{\'i}a-G{\'o}mez and Antonio Gallardo and Werner Ulrich and Matthew A Bowker and T. N. Lewis Arredondo and Claudia Barraza-Zepeda and Donaldo Eduardo Bran and Adriana Florentino and Juan Jos{\'e} Gait{\'a}n and Julio Rivera Guti{\'e}rrez and Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald and Mohammad Jankju and Rebecca L. Mau and Maria N Miriti and Kamal Naseri and A S Pedro Ospina and Ilan Stavi and Deli Wang and Natasha N. Woods and Xia Yuan and Eli Zaady and Brajesh Kumar Singh},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2015},
  volume={112 51},
  pages={
          15684-9
        }
}
Soil bacteria and fungi play key roles in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, yet our understanding of their responses to climate change lags significantly behind that of other organisms. This gap in our understanding is particularly true for drylands, which occupy ∼41% of Earth´s surface, because no global, systematic assessments of the joint diversity of soil bacteria and fungi have been conducted in these environments to date. Here we present results from a study conducted across 80… CONTINUE READING

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