Articles | Volume 16, issue 10
Biogeosciences, 16, 2189–2204, 2019

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

Biogeosciences, 16, 2189–2204, 2019

Research article 28 May 2019

Research article | 28 May 2019

Microbial biobanking – cyanobacteria-rich topsoil facilitates mine rehabilitation

Wendy Williams et al.

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Rare earth mining processes require the removal of topsoil that is mechanically scraped off and relocated to topsoil stockpiles, which proved beneficial for microbial biobanking. But there appears to be a critical time frame for holding topsoil, and rainfall penetration into the stockpile may result in the demise of cyanobacteria. In the longer term, provided conditions are favourable, there may be adequate cyanobacterial survival, at least down to 50 cm, to recolonise the soil surfaces.
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