Biological Soil Crusts in Agroecosystems
Dark biocrust visible at the base of a citrus tree.
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Sorochkina, Kira, Clayton J. Nevins, Patrick W. Inglett, and Sarah L. Strauss. 2023. “Biological Soil Crusts in Agroecosystems : SL506/SS719, 9/2023”. EDIS 2023 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Biological soil crusts, or biocrusts, are communities of microorganisms that form on the surface of soils, often found in deserts around the world. However, they can also occur in agroecosystems and potentially contribute nutrients to plants growing nearby. This publication is for those interested in learning more about what biocrusts look like and how they can impact agricultural soils.
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Nevins, C. J., S. L. Strauss, and P. W. Inglett. 2020a. “An Overview of Key Soil Nitrogen Cycling Transformations: SL471/SS684, 5/2020”. EDIS 2020 (3).

Nevins, C. J., S. L. Strauss, and P. W. Inglett. 2020b. “Biological soil crusts enhance moisture and nutrients in the upper rooting zone of sandy soil agroecosystems.” Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 183(5): 615–626.

Nevins, C. J., S. L. Strauss, and P. W. Inglett. 2022. “Contrasting Effects of Agroecosystem Biocrusts on Seedling Growth and Nitrogen Accumulation in a Greenhouse Environment.” Agrosystems, Geosciences, and Environment. 5(3): e20295.

Nevins, C. J., P. W. Inglett, C. Reardon, and S. L. Strauss. 2022. “Seasonality drives microbiome composition and nitrogen cycling in soil below biocrusts.” Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 166: 108551.

Nevins, C. J., P. W. Inglett, and S. L. Strauss. 2021. “Biological soil crusts structure the subsurface microbiome in a sandy agroecosystem.” Plant and Soil. 462: 311-329.

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