Cyanobacterium in a microhabitat
by Vincent Felde, University of Kassel, Germany, Witzenhausen, Germany
Cyanobacterium (Microcoleus) living in a microhabitat between two soil crust lichens (Collema). The higher content of fines that is trapped by the high surface roughness of the lichens causes a higher water holding capacity, while at the same time, the lichens protect the cyanobacterium from direct sunlight. Thin section of a biological soil crust from the NW Negev Desert, Israel.
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Submitted on 09 February 2015
Credit: Vincent Felde (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)
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