Is it possible for a shrub like Ziziphus lotus (jujube) to contribute to the well-being of the population through its functioning?

Our doctor M. Trinidad Torres-García and researchers Cecilio Oyonarte, Javier Cabello, Emilio Guirado, Borja Rodríguez-Lozano and M. Jacoba Salinas-Bonillo have recently published their latest findings in the journal Science of The Total Environment, where they highlight the importance of this shrub from southeastern Spain to increase soil fertility in arid areas.

This article entitled "The potential of groundwater-dependent ecosystems to enhance soil biological activity and soil fertility in drylands" shows the interconnection of the different components of a groundwater-dependent ecosystem (soil, vegetation and water) and how the access of Ziziphus lotus to groundwater is an advantage for dryland ecosystems where rainfall is scarce.

Faced with the effects of climate change that we are already experiencing, our ecosystems can be the solution and jujubes our great allies. However, the disappearance of these plants "could be very detrimental to the functional diversity of the ecosystem, causing irreversible damage to processes such as soil biological activity, mineralization of organic matter, or productivity," the authors point out.

An interesting article that opens another door to the discoveries made by this plant species, which is of great ecosystemic importance in arid areas.

Congratulations Trini and collaborators, it is an excellent work that continues to increase the great scientific career that you have behind you.

The article is open access and is available thanks to the University of Almeria and FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology). It can be consulted at the following link.

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