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Biological Soil Crusts: Structure, Function, and Management

Series: Ecological Studies Volume: 150

Edited By: J Belnap and OL Lange

503 pages, Col plates, figs, tabs, maps

Springer-Verlag

Paperback | Dec 2002 | #139168 | ISBN: 3540437576
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Hardback | Dec 2001 | #121912 | ISBN: 3540410759
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In arid lands, where vegetation is sparse or absent, open ground is generally covered by a community of small, highly specialised organisms - cyanobacteria, algae, microfungi, lichens and bryophytes aggregate soil particles to form a crust. This is the first global synthesis of these ecosystems.

From the reviews: "The authors use amazing original pictures to show the structure, the extraordinary diversity and the natural beauty of the biological soils crusts. ... The bibliography is very rich and up-to-date ... The extensive taxonomic index with 1100 taxa and the subject index with 570 keywords provides quick access to various topics and problems. Written by leading experts, this book is a comprehensive presentation and the first global synthesis of the biology of soil crusts and their importance as an ecosystem component. Summing up, the volume can be recommended to a wide readership; it should be accessible to all research groups interested in botany, plant physiology, ecology or conservation biology. Considering the large number of good colour illustrations, the price of the book is not high at all." (Community Ecology) "This book is the first attempt to summarize the knowledge on biology, biodiversity, ecology and management of biological soil crusts on a global scale. I believe the authors have succeeded admirably. ... This important book will surely inspire others to broaden our knowledge of these widely distributed and still relatively little known communities. ... It is highly recommended to everybody interested in any aspect of the ecology of hot and cold deserts. Lichenologists, bryologists and microbiologists will find new challenges in their respective disciplines and ecologists will be inspired by these apparently simple ecosystems." (The Lichenologist) From the reviews of the hardcover edition "This is a wide and comprehensive review of the subject that deserves a place in a research library." (Bulletin of the British Ecological Society) "Congratulations to the editors and contributors for presenting this clearly organized, and in general very fascinating book." (Phytocoenologia) "This volume was unusually well coordinated for an edited book with many diverse authors. Belnap and Lange clearly selected authors and topics carefully to provide as wide a coverage of topics as possible, and placed a heavy emphasis on integration and synthesis. ... Even at the high price, this is a good book to own." (Ecology) "Given current concerns over rangeland management in arid environments, this book is very topical and should be a valuable reference for resource managers and scientists alike. The publication of Biological Soil Crusts: Structure, Function, and Management marks an important milestone in the recognistion of these unique ecological communities." (The Bryologist) "This book is the first attempt to summarize the knowledge on biology, biodiversity, ecology and management of biological soil crusts on a global scale. I believe the authors have succeeded admirably. ! This important book will surely inspire others to broaden our knowledge of these widely distributed and still relatively little known communities. ... Therefore, it is highly recommended to everybody interested in any aspect of the ecology of hot and cold deserts." (Leopoldo G. Sancho, The Lichenologist, Vol. 36 (1), 2004) "This book had its genesis as a part of the series 'Ecological Studies' ! . The authors use amazing original pictures to show the structure ! and the natural beauty of the biological soil crusts. ! this book is a comprehensive presentation and the first global synthesis of the biology of soil crusts and their importance as an ecosystem component. ! can be recommended to a wide readership: it should be accessible to all research groups interested in botany, plant physiology, ecology or conservation biology." (Zs. R. Benko, Community Ecology, Vol. 4 (1), 2003)


Contents

The volume comprises 33 chapters and is divided into the following eight Parts:Part I: Taxonomic Composition, Ecology and Biogeography of Soil-Crust Communities * Part II: Heterotrophic Components of Biological Soil Crusts * Part III: Structure of Biological Soil Crusts: Microscale to Landscape * Part IV: Biological Soil Crusts as an Ecosystem Component: Carbon and Nitrogen Acquisition and Interactions with Vascular Plants * Part V: Soil Stability and Hydrology as Influenced by Soil Crusts * Part VI: Disturbance to Biological Soil Crusts: Resistance, Resilience and Restoration * Part VII: Monitoring and Management of Biological Soil Crusts * Part VIII: Conclusions.

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