Journal article

Water Repellency of Biological Soil Crusts and Influencing Factors on the Southeast Fringe of the Tengger Desert, North-Central China

Haotian Yang, Lichao Liu, Xinrong Li, Yongping Wei, Xiaojun Li, Rongliang Jia

Soil Science | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2014


Biological soil crusts (BSC) have key roles in hydrological and ecological processes in arid desert areas.Water repellency (WR) of BSC is an important property because it modifies the local hydrological regimes and affects ecosystemfunctions.However, the variations ofWR in different types of BSC and the temporal variations under field condition are relatively unknown. Actual WR of four types of BSC and mobile sand were observed sequentially after heavy rainfall using the water drop penetration time test. The development of BSC on the surface of stabilized sand dune markedly promotes WR. The WR of four types of BSC variation across time was influenced by environmental factors under field cond..

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Awarded by National Basic Research Program of China

Awarded by National Natural Sciences Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB429901) and the National Natural Sciences Foundation (Grant No. 41371100, 41371099, 41271061). There is no conflict of interest.