(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Micro-geomorphology determines community structure of biological soil crusts at small scales

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LI X.-R. (1 2) ; HE M.-Z. (1) ; ZERBE S. (2) ; LI X.-J. (1) ; LIU L.-C. (1) ;
(1) Shapotou Desert Research and Experiment Station, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Inst., Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, CHINE
(2) Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, Greifswald, ALLEMAGNE


This paper considers the contribution of micro-geomorphology to biodiversity in the extreme arid desert systems. The AA. tested the hypothesis that micro-geomorphological features determine the spatial distribution of biological soil crusts (BSCs) by reallocating related abiotic resources at small- and medium-scales in the Tengger Desert. Their results showed that higher soil pH and higher total potassium content in topsoil positively correlated with the colonization of cyanobacteria and algae in the earliest successional stages of BSCs, while increasing dust deposition onto the topsoil enhanced the development of lichen and mosses in the later stages of BSCs


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 35, no8 [pp. 932-940]

Bibliographic references : 59 ref.

Collation : 5 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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