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Using solar farms as a platform for the ecological restoration of arid soils

Biocrusts are crucial for soil health and sustainability in arid lands; however, human activities are degrading these biocrusts. This study explores the use of solar farms for a low-cost, low-impact and high-capacity approach to regenerate biocrusts. This technique could be used to expand current soil restoration approaches to regional scales.

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Fig. 1: Solar farms are proposed as potential biocrust nurseries for restoring degraded soils.


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This is a summary of: Heredia-Velásquez, A. M. et al. Dual use of solar power plants as biocrust nurseries for large-scale arid soil restoration. Nat. Sustain. (2023).

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Using solar farms as a platform for the ecological restoration of arid soils. Nat Sustain 6, 891–892 (2023).

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