Influence of climate on physiological activity and development of

biological soil crusts on initial soils in Brandenburg

The successional development of biocrusts communities and the resulting spatiotemporal heterogeneity of biocrust patches in the landscape depend on various abiotic factors e.g. surface stability, soil chemistry, microclimate and surface wetness. The different successional stages are characterized by different composition and structures, which vary from initial green algae dominated biocrusts to moss-soil lichens crusts. We investigated the influence of biocrust succession on ecosystem processes on different reclaimed soils in the open-cast lignite mining district of Lower Lusatia (Brandenburg). Therefore, the determination of spatial biocrust activity and photosynthetic capacity was linked by using latest digital imaging systems for NDVI and chlorophyll fluorescence in the lab and field, and additionally climatic parameters (radiation, temperature, precipitation) and surface wetness duration.

ClimateBiocrusts - Functional ecology of biocrusts in disturbed ecosystemsMonitoring biocrust development with spectral reflectance sensorsPhotosynthetic performance of lichensBiocrust Wetness Probe

Field experiments are carried out on the Research Platform Chicken Creek / Quellberg Hühnerwasser, at the inland sand dunes of the Lieberoser Heide and at the research station Linde (Brandenburg)


  • Diez, M., Küppers, M., Wachendorf, D., Stefan, T., Veste, M., Gypser, S. (2019) Modelling photosynthesis and carbon  fluxes of moss- and lichen- dominated biological soil crusts in temperate dry acid grasslands in Brandenburg. 49. Annual Meeting GfÖ, 09-13. September  2019, Münster, Germany. (Poster) Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 49: 223.
  • Gypser, S., Diez, M., Boelli, D., Wachendorf, M., Küppers, M., Veste, M. (2019) Monitoring of biocrust development and physiological activity in disturbed ecosystems in Central Europe. Biocrust 4 - 4th International Workshop on Biological Soil Crusts, 5-30 August 2019, North Stradbroke Island (Minjerrabah), Queensland , Australia. (Poster) 
  • Scholz, S., Ruckteschler, N., Gypser, S., Weber, B., Kast, G., Veste, M. (2018) Determination of drying and rewetting cycles of moss-dominated biocrusts using a novel biocrust wetness probe. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 48 
  • Scholz, S., Pavlov, P., Gypser, S., Herppich, W.B., Weber, B., Kast, G., Veste, M. (2018) Influence of microclimatic conditions on biological soil crust wetness and activity on initial soils of reclaimed post-mining areas in Brandenburg, Germany. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 48.
  • Veste, M., Gypser, S. (2019) Ökologische Funktionen und Dienstleistungen biologischer Bodenkrusten in Offenlandschaften - Fluch oder Segen? 49. Annual Meeting GfÖ, 09-13. September  2019, Münster, Germany. (Poster) Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 49: 166.


Klimaabhängigkeit der physiologischen Aktivität und kleinräumliche Entwicklung von biologischen Bodenkrusten in initialen Ökosystemen in Brandenburg

Funded by Zwillenberg-Tietz-Stiftung, 2018-2020

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