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Biological soil crusts: their diversity, functional ecology and management

Dr Jayne Belnap, Dr Bettina Weber

  1. Research

    Ammonia-oxidizing archaea and bacteria are structured by geography in biological soil crusts across North American arid lands

    Biological soil crusts (BSCs) can dominate surface cover in dry lands worldwide, playing an integral role in arid land biogeochemistry, particularly in N fertilization through fixation and cycling. Nitrificati...

    Yevgeniy Marusenko, Scott T Bates, Ian Anderson, Shannon L Johnson, Tanya Soule and Ferran Garcia-Pichel

    Ecological Processes 2013 2:9

    Published on: 26 April 2013

  2. Research

    Ecological characterization of soil-inhabiting and hypolithic soil crusts within the Knersvlakte, South Africa

    Within the Knersvlakte, cyanobacteria occur hypolithically underneath translucent quartz stones in areas with quartz pavement and, outside pavement areas, they are soil-inhabiting within the uppermost millimet...

    Bettina Weber, Dirk CJ Wessels, Kirstin Deutschewitz, Stephanie Dojani, Hans Reichenberger and Burkhard Büdel

    Ecological Processes 2013 2:8

    Published on: 24 April 2013

  3. Research

    Long-term changes in biological soil crust cover and composition

    Communities change over time due to disturbances, variations in climate, and species invasions. Biological soil crust communities are important because they contribute to erosion control and nutrient cycling. ...

    Eva Dettweiler-Robinson, Jeanne M Ponzetti and Jonathan D Bakker

    Ecological Processes 2013 2:5

    Published on: 12 March 2013

  4. Review

    Early life on land and the first terrestrial ecosystems

    Terrestrial ecosystems have been largely regarded as plant-dominated land surfaces, with the earliest records appearing in the early Phanerozoic (<550 Ma). Yet the presence of biological components in pre-Phan...

    Hugo Beraldi-Campesi

    Ecological Processes 2013 2:1

    Published on: 23 February 2013