Response of desert biological soil crusts to alterations in precipitation frequency

@article{Belnap2003ResponseOD,
  title={Response of desert biological soil crusts to alterations in precipitation frequency},
  author={Jayne Belnap and Susan L. Phillips and Mark E. Miller},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2003},
  volume={141},
  pages={306-316}
}
Biological soil crusts, a community of cyanobacteria, lichens, and mosses that live on the soil surface, occur in deserts throughout the world. They are a critical component of desert ecosystems, as they are important contributors to soil fertility and stability. Future climate scenarios predict alteration of the timing and amount of precipitation in desert environments. Because biological soil crust organisms are only metabolically active when wet, and as soil surfaces dry quickly in deserts… Expand
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