Chihuahuan Desert Soil Biota

Walter G Whitford, Yosef Steinberger

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Deserts have traditionally been considered as a low moisture system where
biological activity is triggered by unpredictable rainfall in time and space. Studies on desert ecosystems functions, processes, dynamics and diversity of soil
biota had been found to contribute to understanding of their role in primary
production and management of soil ecosystems. As belowground biota is very
diverse they are playing an important role in above as well below ground essential ecosystem processes e.g. primary production, decomposition, nutrient
mineralization etc. The challenge is to use the emerging knowledge of soil biota diversity in understanding basic ecosystems function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-595
Number of pages15
JournalOpen Journal of Ecology
Issue number09
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2021


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