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Volume 14, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 14, 3801–3814, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3801-2017
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Special issue: Biological soil crusts and their role in biogeochemical processes...

Biogeosciences, 14, 3801–3814, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3801-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 23 Aug 2017

Research article | 23 Aug 2017

Development of bacterial communities in biological soil crusts along a revegetation chronosequence in the Tengger Desert, northwest China

Lichao Liu et al.

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We studied the development process of bacterial community structure of biological soil crusts (BSCs) along a revegetation chronosequence by Illumina MiSeq sequencing in the Tengger Desert. Our results indicated (1) a shift of bacterial composition related to their function in the crust development process; (2) bacterial diversity and richness consistent with the recovery phase of soil properties; and (3) bacteria as key contributors to the BSC succession process.
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