Nutrient Cycling in Desert Ecosystems
Contribution to Book
Arid Land Ecosystems: Volume 2, Structure, Functioning and Management
D. W. Goodall, R. A. Perry, K. M. W. Howes
Nutrient 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.
West, Neil E., "Nutrient Cycling in Desert Ecosystems" (1981). Wildland Resources Faculty Publications. Paper 1689.