Algal biomass and primary production within a temperate zone sandstone.

R. A. Bell, M. R. Sommerfeld

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On the Colorado Plateau, Arizona the endolithic community in Coconino Sandstone, composed primarily of coccoid blue-green and coccoid/sarcinoid green algae, yielded a biomass value (as chlorophyll a content) of 87 mg m-2 rock surface area and a photosynthetic rate of 0.37 mg CO2 dm-2 hr-1 or 0.48 mg CO2 mg-1 chl a hr-1. The endolithic algal community contributes moderate biomass (5-10%) and substantial photosynthesis (20-80%) to the sparse grassland ecosystem. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-297
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Botany
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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