Restoring the living skin of the Earth: progress and pitfalls in biocrust rehabilitation
Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) are a highly functional bioaggregation of surface soils, formed by cyanobacteria, mosses, lichens and other organisms, prevalent in low-productivity ecosystems worldwide. They hold great promise as an ecological restoration material. This talk identifies a research and development plan consisting of 4 key steps: 1. development of optimal culturing approaches, 2. maximizing field survivorship, 3. developing and testing dispersal methodology, and 4. integration with other rehabilitation techniques. Culturing of many biocrust organisms is feasible, but enhancement of field success is a key remaining challenge.
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