Runoff and Soil Loss from Revegetated Grasslands in the Hilly Loess Plateau Region, China: Influence of Biocrust Patches and Plant Canopies

  title={Runoff and Soil Loss from Revegetated Grasslands in the Hilly Loess Plateau Region, China: Influence of Biocrust Patches and Plant Canopies},
  author={Yunge Zhao and Mingxiang Xu},
  journal={Journal of Hydrologic Engineering},
Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) cover up to 60-70% of the soil surface in grasslands rehabilitated since the Grain for Green project was implemented in the hilly Loess Plateau region in 1999, which exerted significant impacts on runoff and soil loss from revegetated grasslands. In the study, field plots were used to investigate runoff and soil loss in sites of a 4- and a 13-year revegetated grassland, with each exhibiting an early and a later successional biocrust, respectively. The… 

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