Laboratory-based techniques for assessing the functional traits of biocrusts

  title={Laboratory-based techniques for assessing the functional traits of biocrusts},
  author={Max Mallen-Cooper and David J Eldridge},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
Functional traits are increasingly being used to assess the degree to which ecosystems maintain key processes. The functional traits of vascular plants are well-documented but those of non-vascular plants are poorly known. We describe a comprehensive methodology to measure the functional traits of soil-borne lichens, mosses and liverworts making up biocrust (biological soil crust) communities. We collected 40 biocrust taxa from across 10,000 km2 of eastern Australia, and measured eight… CONTINUE READING


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