• Factors Influencing Development of Cryptogamic Soil Crusts in Utah Deserts

      Anderson, D. C.; Harper, K. T.; Holmgren, R. C. (Society for Range Management, 1982-03-01)
      The relation of some physical and chemical soil characteristics to cryptogamic crust development was determined from sites in semidesert regions of southern Utah. The effects of grazing on cryptogamic crust development also was examined. Electrical conductivity, percentage silt, and soil phosphorus were found to be correlated with well-developed cryptogamic crusts. Both total cryptogamic cover and the number of cryptogamic species decreased under grazing pressure. The management of rangelands, especially in arid regions, would be strengthened by understanding the role of cryptogamic crusts and considering them in range management decisions.