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Ecological Development and Functioning of Biological Soil Crusts After Natural and Human Disturbances

Maik Veste, Vincent John Martin Noah Linus Felde, Steven D Warren, Nicole Pietrasiak 

Biological soil crusts (BSCs) develop when various combinations of diminutive cyanobacteria, eukaryotic algae, non-lichenized fungi, lichens, and/or bryophytes occupy the upper few millimeters of the soil and raw material. They can be present in a wide range of ecological, including successional, and climatic conditions when and where disturbance and/or aridity have resulted in opportunities for colonization. However, they are most prevalent in arid, semiarid and polar ecosystems where vascular plant cover and diversity are characteristically low, leaving large areas available for colonization by some combination of the organismal groups mentioned above. The ecological roles of BSCs are numerous and diverse, and include the collection, accumulation and cycling of essential airborne and soil nutrients, redistribution of precipitated water, and soil formation and stabilization. (More... Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)

Agrarholz - Schnellwachsende Bäume in der Landwirtschaft 

  • Planting of trees into agricultural systems have economical benefits as they provide timber,  fuelwood and other products. In those contemporary agroforestry systems, selection of tree species and their management are more economically oriented towards an optimizing biomass production, use and harvest, especially in short-rotation systems for bioenergy. The book give an overview about biology, ecology and management of fast-growing trees in short-rotation forestry and agroforestry. 

  • Veste, M., Böhm, C. (eds.) (2018) Agrarholz – Schnellwachsende Bäume in der Landwirtschaft, Springer Spektrum,  Heidelberg, 525 pp.    (more…)

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Arid Dune Ecosystems - The Nizzana Sands in the Negev Desert

Sand dune dynamics plays a key role in many arid deserts. This volume provides a synthesis of a specific sand dune ecosystem, the Nizzana site in the Negev Desert. Describing its climate and geophysical/geochemical properties of soils, geological history, flora and fauna, and past/present land-use patterns, it elucidates ecological and geomorphological processes and their interrelations, based on long-term monitoring, in situ experiments and satellite imagery. Particular attention is drawn to the impact of the topsoil biological crust in controlling water availability at local/regional scales. The interdisciplinary approach adopted in this case study offers a good example of a highly complex and dynamic system, which could easily be applied to other sandy ecosystems.

  • Breckle, S.-W, Yair, A., Veste, M. (eds.) (2008) Arid Dune Ecosystems – The Nizzana Sands in the Negev Desert, Ecological Studies 200, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York. 


Sustainable Land Use in Deserts

Changing desert areas for land use implies a lot of ecological problems. These and related ones are dealt with in this book covering various interdisciplinary and international aspects. Large areas in arid and semi-arid regions are already polluted in various ways. One of the biggest problems is the anthropogenic salinization by inadequate means of agriculture and irrigation. Additionally, most arid areas in the world are dramatically overgrazed. Methods and practices of a sustainable land use in deserts are urgently needed in many arid regions. This book gives a broad survey on some of the affected regions of the world as well as some case studies from elsewhere (Aral Sea, Negev desert, Namib desert etc.). Thus, basic and applied sciences are brought together. Water management in deserts, grazing systems or reclamation of desertified areas are among the topics of this book, as well as social and economic aspects.

  • Breckle, S.-W., Veste, M., Wucherer, W. (eds.) (2001) Sustainable Land-Use in Deserts, Springer, Heidelberg, Berlin, New York: 465 p.


Restoration and Stability of Ecosystems  in Arid and Semiarid Areas

Desertification is a major environmental crisis in various countries of the world reuslting in land degradation and ecological problems. Sand dune movement and dust storms are treaths to settlements, infrastructures and to sustainable development. In China, several research institutes supports a wide range of environment activities ranging from restoration of vegetation to combating desertfication. The volume presents selected contributions from the Sino-German Symposium on Stability and Rehabilitation of Arid and Semi-arid Regions held in Beijing September 2004.

  • Gao, J., Veste, M., Sun, B., Beyschlag, W. (eds.) (2006): Restoration and Stability of Ecosystems  in Arid and Semiarid Areas. Science Press, Beijing, 410 pp. ISBN 7-03-01 7963 - 3


Ökologische Forschung im globalen Kontext 

  • Veste, M., Wucherer, W., Homeier, J. (Hrsg.) (2005): Ökologische Forschung im globalen Kontext – Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Prof. Dr. Siegmar-W. Breckle, Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen, 310 pp. ISBN: 3-86537-386-0


Succulent Research in Africa

Succulents represent a peculiarly facinating and diverse group of African flora. Nearly half of all known succulent plant species of our planet in Southern Africa, therefore this hotspot of phytodiversity forms the most important centre of  diversity of succulent too. This publication is dedicated to Prof. Dr. Ihlenfeldt. The contributions covers a wide range of aspects from the systematics of succulents to plant adapatations in Southern African succulents..

  • Thiede, J., Veste, M., Jürgens, N., Metzing, D. (Hrsg.) (2004): Sukkulentenforschung in Africa – Succulent Research in Africa. Schumania 4. Aschenbeck & Isensee Universitätsverlag Oldenburg: 249 pp

Beiträge zur Vegetationsökologie der Trockengebiete und Desertifikation.

  • Veste, M., Wissel, C. (Hrsg.) (2005) Beiträge zur Vegetationsökologie der Trockengebiete
    und Desertifikation. UFZ Bericht 1 / 2005, UFZ Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Leipzig, 134 pp. 
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