Structural and functional changes in early successional stages of a semiarid ecosystem
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The objective of our research is to study structural and functional changes that occur within and between ecosystem compartments during secondary succession in disturbed semiarid environments. This information not only will assist in better understanding fundamental aspects of these processes, but should lead to more effective management of these disturbed semiarid environments. First year data clearly showed an increase in resource abundance after disturbance which produced not only alteration of the soil surface but a decrease in available organic matter. In addition, marked increases in NO3- ...