New biocrust project on temperate sand dunes

Monitoring of biological soil crusts on degraded soils

Soil degradation by human activities can be observed in many regions of the world. In Lusatia (Brandenburg, Germany) many ecosystems are destroyed by open-cast mining activities or affected by former large-scale military activities. The re-establishment of structures and functions in an important for the rehabilitation processes. On the other hand, these open landscapes have a high value for nature conservation. Biological soil crusts plays an important role in the early stages of vegetation development. The aim of our new project of the University of Hohenheim is to develop new tools for the monitoring of the spatial succession of biocrusts on temperate dunes and to promote their establishment on highly degraded sandy soils.

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