Articles | Volume 22, issue 1
Web Ecol., 22, 21–31, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-22-21-2022

Special issue: Biological soil crusts

Web Ecol., 22, 21–31, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-22-21-2022
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08 Apr 2022
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Spatial heterogeneity of Cladonia rangiformis and Erica spp. induces variable effects on soil microbial communities which are most robust in bare-soil microhabitats

Theofilos Dostos et al.

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Biocrusts in arid and semiarid regions interact with soil microbes and plants. The knowledge of the spatial scale of the interactions adds value to crusts' use for plant and soil restoration. Soil sampling was confined to an area with Erica spp. shrubs interspaced by crust cover (Cladonia rangiformis) or uncovered at different distances from the base of the shrubs towards the periphery. The community composition and the microbial networks showed response to spatial heterogeneity.
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