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BG | Volume 16, issue 10
Biogeosciences, 16, 2189–2204, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-2189-2019
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Special issue: Biological soil crusts and their role in biogeochemical processes...

Biogeosciences, 16, 2189–2204, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-2189-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 28 May 2019

Research article | 28 May 2019

Microbial biobanking – cyanobacteria-rich topsoil facilitates mine rehabilitation

Wendy Williams et al.
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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (19 Feb 2018) by Emilio Rodriguez-Caballero
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (01 May 2018) by Emilio Rodriguez-Caballero
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (03 Jul 2018) by Emilio Rodriguez-Caballero
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (14 Aug 2018) by Emilio Rodriguez-Caballero
AR by Wendy Williams on behalf of the Authors (12 Nov 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Nov 2018) by Emilio Rodriguez-Caballero
AR by Wendy Williams on behalf of the Authors (08 Dec 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (26 Dec 2018) by Emilio Rodriguez-Caballero
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (23 Jan 2019) by Emilio Rodriguez-Caballero
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Rare earth mining processes require the removal of topsoil that is mechanically scraped off and relocated to topsoil stockpiles, which proved beneficial for microbial biobanking. But there appears to be a critical time frame for holding topsoil, and rainfall penetration into the stockpile may result in the demise of cyanobacteria. In the longer term, provided conditions are favourable, there may be adequate cyanobacterial survival, at least down to 50 cm, to recolonise the soil surfaces.
Rare earth mining processes require the removal of topsoil that is mechanically scraped off and...
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