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Volume 15, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 15, 1161–1172, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1161-2018
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Special issue: Biological soil crusts and their role in biogeochemical processes...

Biogeosciences, 15, 1161–1172, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1161-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 23 Feb 2018

Research article | 23 Feb 2018

Antagonistic effects of drought and sand burial enable the survival of the biocrust moss Bryum argenteum in an arid sandy desert

Rongliang Jia et al.

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Why can biocrust moss survive and flourish in these habitats when stressed simultaneously by drought and sand burial? A field experiment was conducted to assess the combined effects of the two stressors on Bryum argenteum within biocrust. The two stressors did not exacerbate the single negative effects; their mutually antagonistic effect on the physiological vigor of B. argenteum was found, and it provided an opportunity for it to overcome the two co-occurring stressors in arid sandy ecosystems.
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