Nutrient Cycling in Desert EcosystemsArid Land Ecosystems: Volume 2, Structure, Functioning and Management
Document TypeContribution to Book
EditorD. W. Goodall, R. A. Perry, K. M. W. Howes
AbstractNutrient cycling in arid ecosystems is described in relation to the influence of precipitation, structural and temporal variability (including nutrient accumulation, intra-seasonal variation, distribution of minerals between ecosystem components and a comparison of turnover rates with other ecosystems) and particular problems of specific minerals (N and P in deficit and Na, Cl, B and Se in excess). Water remains the dominant factor in these arid ecosystems; however, plants cannot fully capitalize on soil moisture unless nutrients are available and vice versa. Efficiency of water utilization declines under nutrient stress.
Citation InformationNeil E. West. "Nutrient Cycling in Desert Ecosystems" Arid Land Ecosystems: Volume 2, Structure, Functioning and Management (1981) p. 301 - 324
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/neil_west/89/