Faculty Advisor

Crusberg, Theodore C.

Abstract

Cryptobiotic crusts, found in desert ecosystems, are responsible for fixing carbon and nitrogen and stabilizing soil by reducing erosion. Crusts were grown in a laboratory setting, simulating the temperature, sunlight, and amount of rainfall they would experience in a natural environment. The crusts are composed of combinations of three species of prokaryotic algae: Microcoleus, Scytonema and Nostoc, and were observed using epifluorescent microscopy.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2006

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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