Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 15, 1149–1160, 2018

Special issue: Biological soil crusts and their role in biogeochemical processes...

Biogeosciences, 15, 1149–1160, 2018

Research article 23 Feb 2018

Research article | 23 Feb 2018

Uncovering biological soil crusts: carbon content and structure of intact Arctic, Antarctic and alpine biological soil crusts

Patrick Jung et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (27 Dec 2017) by Anita Antoninka
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ED: Publish as is (19 Jan 2018) by Anita Antoninka
Short summary
Arctic, Antarctic and alpine biological soil crusts (BSCs) are formed by adhesion of soil particles to cyanobacteria. BSCs influence ecosystems services like soil erodibility and chemical cycles. In cold environments degradation rates are low and BSCs increase soil organic carbon through photosynthesis, whereby these soils are considered as CO2 sinks. This work provides a novel method to visualize BSCs with a focus on cyanobacteria and their contribution to soil organic carbon.
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