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Ecological Studies

Biological Soil Crusts: An Organizing Principle in Drylands

Editors: Weber, Bettina, Büdel, Burkhard, Belnap, Jayne (Eds.)

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  • Provides an updated overview of the field following the publication of Volume 150 on biocrusts in 2003
  • Enhances our understanding of the role of biocrusts as an organizing principle in drylands
  • Identifies knowledge gaps and offers ideas for promising new research approaches
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This volume summarizes our current understanding of biological soil crusts (biocrusts), which are omnipresent in dryland regions. Since they cover the soil surface, they influence, or even control, all surface exchange processes. Being one of the oldest terrestrial communities, biocrusts comprise a high diversity of cyanobacteria, algae, lichens and bryophytes together with uncounted bacteria, and fungi. The authors show that biocrusts are an integral part of dryland ecosystems, stabilizing soils, influencing plant germination and growth, and playing a key role in carbon, nitrogen and water cycling. Initial attempts have been made to use biocrusts as models in ecological theory. On the other hand, biocrusts are endangered by local disruptions and global change, highlighting the need for enhanced recovery methods. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the fascinating field of biocrust research, making it indispensable not only for scientists in this area, but also for land managers, policy makers, and anyone interested in the environment.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • Biological Soil Crusts as an Organizing Principle in Drylands

    Pages 3-13

    Belnap, Jayne (et al.)

  • How Biological Soil Crusts Became Recognized as a Functional Unit: A Selective History

    Pages 15-33

    Lange, Otto L. (et al.)

  • Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Precambrian

    Pages 37-54

    Beraldi-Campesi, Hugo (et al.)

  • Cyanobacteria and Algae of Biological Soil Crusts

    Pages 55-80

    Büdel, Burkhard (et al.)

  • Bacteria and Non-lichenized Fungi Within Biological Soil Crusts

    Pages 81-100

    Maier, Stefanie (et al.)

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eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-30214-0
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Hardcover $249.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-30212-6
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Softcover $249.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-80752-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biological Soil Crusts: An Organizing Principle in Drylands
Editors
  • Bettina Weber
  • Burkhard Büdel
  • Jayne Belnap
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
226
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30214-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30214-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30212-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80752-2
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 549
Number of Illustrations
49 b/w illustrations, 81 illustrations in colour
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