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Volume 15, issue 7
Biogeosciences, 15, 1919-1931, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1919-2018
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Special issue: Biological soil crusts and their role in biogeochemical processes...

Biogeosciences, 15, 1919-1931, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1919-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 03 Apr 2018

Research article | 03 Apr 2018

Ecophysiological characterization of early successional biological soil crusts in heavily human-impacted areas

Michelle Szyja et al.
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Ongoing human impact transforms habitats into surfaces lacking higher vegetation. Here, biological soil crusts (BSCs) provide ecosystem services like soil creation and carbon uptake. To understand the functioning of these areas, we examined the physiological capability of early successional BSCs. We found features enabling BSCs to cope with varying climatic stresses. BSCs are important carbon fixers independent of the dominating organism. We provide baseline data for modeling carbon fluxes.
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