Role of biological sand crusts in a desert ecosystem versus “upgrading” ecosystem productivity (COST)

This is an opportunity for your graduate students to participate with financial support from the EU COST ACTION Desert Restoration Hub


Students will receive a grant covering costs of travel, accomodation and meals (€1100, but this will be paid after the course has been completed).

The closing date for applications is in three weeks time (Friday 21 December).


European Science Foundation – COST Program


ESSEM COST Action ES1104

“Arid Lands Restoration and Combat of Desertification:

Setting Up a Drylands and Desert Restoration Hub”


Funding opportunity to participate in Training School 1

Northern Negev desert, Israel:

Role of biological sand crusts in a desert ecosystem versus

 “upgrading” ecosystem productivity

Feb 9-17, 2013, Israel

COST Action ES1104 deals with the pressing need to treat and restore drylands and to combat increasing desertification. Restoring habitats not only improves biodiversity but also enhances the quality of life for those residing in such regions. An essential measure is the planting of and reestablishment of vegetation. The successful establishment of vegetation in arid and semiarid areas is complex and requires multi-disciplinary skills and capabilities (soils, hydrology, ecology, climate, microbiology, etc.).  To promote the goals of this COST Action, Training Schools will be held to help widen the knowledge of the Action activities, provide training on new and emerging subjects, and may offer familiarisation with unique equipment or know-how in one of the laboratories of the Action.

Below are details about this Training School and how to apply.


Arid and semi-arid regions can contain one or more of the following landscapes; sandy, rocky and loessial soils. It is not common, however, to find such landscapes in close proximity to each other. The NW Negev desert, Israel, provides such a setting that facilitates comparative studies. In this Training School (TS) we will assess sandy and rocky ecosystems having about the same annual average rainfall of 100 mm. The TS will be held in the NW Negev and will encompass lectures, field visits, and selected experiments.

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