Articles | Volume 18, issue 11
Research article
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04 Jun 2021
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 04 Jun 2021

Microbial and geo-archaeological records reveal the growth rate, origin and composition of desert rock surface communities

Nimrod Wieler, Tali Erickson Gini, Osnat Gillor, and Roey Angel


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2020-467', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Jan 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2020-467', Anonymous Referee #2, 28 Jan 2021
  • CC1: 'Comment on bg-2020-467', Kate Buckeridge, 04 Feb 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (24 Mar 2021) by Denise Akob
AR by Roey Angel on behalf of the Authors (20 Apr 2021)  Author's response   Manuscript 
EF by Sarah Buchmann (21 Apr 2021)  Author's tracked changes 
ED: Publish as is (03 May 2021) by Denise Akob
AR by Roey Angel on behalf of the Authors (10 May 2021)
Short summary
Biological rock crusts (BRCs) are common microbial-based assemblages covering rocks in drylands. BRCs play a crucial role in arid environments because of the limited activity of plants and soil. Nevertheless, BRC development rates have never been dated. Here we integrated archaeological, microbiological and geological methods to provide a first estimation of the growth rate of BRCs under natural conditions. This can serve as an affordable dating tool in archaeological sites in arid regions.
Final-revised paper