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Biological Soil Crusts of Joshua Tree National Park

Biological Soil Crusts of Joshua Tree National Park

Course Number: BIOL X412.28

1 units

The course lecture introduces biological crusts; crust species diversity focusing on terrestrial cyanobacteria and green algae; introduces functional/morphological groups of crusts; and discusses their importance and contributions to desert ecosystems. In addition, methods of assessing biological soil crusts in the lab (basic microscopy) and field (including the stability test) are presented. Includes a field trip to the Wonderland of Rocks, where one learns to distinguish the main functional crust groups and to conduct the stability test.

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