What stabilizes biological soil crusts in the Negev Desert?

Abstract

Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) are widespread in many drylands, where plant growth is limited due to water scarcity. One of their most important functions is the stabilization of the topsoil, particularly in regions with sandy soils prone to desertification. Since the mechanisms playing a role in soil stabilization are poorly understood, this study aims… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-017-3459-7

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