Biocrusts on Central European Inland dunes

Carbon cycling of biological soil crusts mirrors ecological maturity along a Central European inland dune catena Photosynthesis and respiration of biological soil crusts (BSCs) sampled along a mobile inland dune catena were determined to evaluate the applicability of Odum's P/R ratio, determined under controlled conditions, for estimation of ecosystem maturity. The theory is that in …

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Biocrusts effects on water infiltration and evaporation in the Maowusu Desert, China

Effects of biological soil crusts on water infiltration and evaporation Yanchi Ningxia, Maowusu Desert, China Biological soil crusts serve as a vanguard for improving the ecological environment in arid, semi-arid desertification areas. It is a good indicator of the level of improvement which the local ecological environment is undertaking. In desert areas, water condition is …

Agroforestry systems and crop production

Agroforestry systems in form of planted hedgerows have a long-term tradition as land-use systems in various European landscapes, primary in Denmark, North Germany and England. Planting of trees and shrubs into agricultural systems have economical benefits as they provide timber and and fuelwood and other products. It is well recognized, that these shelterbelts enhance biodiversity …