Microbial ecology of hot desert edaphic systems.

  title={Microbial ecology of hot desert edaphic systems.},
  author={Thulani P Makhalanyane and Angel Valverde and Eoin Gunnigle and Aline Frossard and Jean-Baptiste Ramond and Don Arthur Cowan},
  journal={FEMS microbiology reviews},
  volume={39 2},
A significant proportion of the Earth's surface is desert or in the process of desertification. The extreme environmental conditions that characterize these areas result in a surface that is essentially barren, with a limited range of higher plants and animals. Microbial communities are probably the dominant drivers of these systems, mediating key ecosystem processes. In this review, we examine the microbial communities of hot desert terrestrial biotopes (including soils, cryptic and refuge… CONTINUE READING
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