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Special issue: Biological soil crusts and their role in biogeochemical processes...

Biogeosciences, 14, 5775-5788, 2017
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Research article 22 Dec 2017

Research article | 22 Dec 2017

Bryophyte-dominated biological soil crusts mitigate soil erosion in an early successional Chinese subtropical forest

Steffen Seitz et al.
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This study investigated biological soil crusts (biocrusts, e.g. cyanobacteria and mosses) within an early-stage mesic subtropical forest in China, where they were particularly abundant. Biocrust covers significantly decreased soil erosion and were more effective in erosion reduction than stone cover. Hence, they play an important role in mitigating soil erosion under forest and are of particular interest for erosion control in forest plantations.
This study investigated biological soil crusts (biocrusts, e.g. cyanobacteria and mosses) within...