Cryptobiotic Crusts of Desert EcosystemsPublic
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Cryptobiotic soil (cbs) is a vital component of the desert ecosystem, responsible for carbon and nitrogen fixation, maintenance of soil stability, and reduction of wind and water erosion. Here the possibility of creating a soil structure that emulates cbs found in the desert southwest based upon a composition dominated by three kinds of cyanobacteria, Nostoc, Microcoleus, and cynctonema is explored. Soil samples experienced growth indicating that a consistent method of growing cbs may be perfected and utilized by other researchers.
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