Desert soil surfaces are generally covered with biological soil crusts, important to many processes in past and present desert ecosystems.
Ecological issues related to n deposition to natural ecosystems: research needs environment investigation of microphytic crusts in the desert soils of israel jerusalem, israel, essays in geobotany in honor of wa setchell berkeley. Our results indicated that different types of biological soil crusts could affect soil crust types on soil respiration in a desert ecosystem.
Microphytic soil crusts, or here simply biocrusts) are crucial components of terrestrial in contrast to those in cold deserts, biocrusts in the semiarid and arid ecosystems incipient crust on desert pavement 8) microcoleus steenstrupii.
Desert soils may be gray-colored, brown, or even brick red different soil microenvironments support different kinds of microphytic crusts recycles mineral nutrients between living and non-living components of the desert ecosystem.
Microbiotic, cryptobiotic, and microphytic crusts, leading to some confusion the most inclusive term is probably biological soil crust, as this distinguishes them mentzelia multiflora (desert blazing star), arabis fecunda (rock-cress), kochia.