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Volume 14, issue 23
Biogeosciences, 14, 5403–5424, 2017
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Special issue: Biological soil crusts and their role in biogeochemical processes...

Biogeosciences, 14, 5403–5424, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 01 Dec 2017

Research article | 01 Dec 2017

Hydration status and diurnal trophic interactions shape microbial community function in desert biocrusts

Minsu Kim and Dani Or
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We report a mechanistic model for linking biophysical and chemical processes in Cyanobacterial...