Dr. Yoav Bashan, Dr. Luz de Bashan
and M. Sc. Juan-Pablo Hernandez

Desert revegetation, conservation and restoration of eroded soils (basic and applied studies)

Version January 2016

Goals: Develop concepts and technologies on how to conserve soils in natural deserts and restore eroded desert soils to their original productivity.


Giant cardon cactus growing in Baja California.


A pioneer tree: “Elephant tree” growing in lava flow boulders in Baja California, Mexico.

Planting hole design for restoration of arid land with cardon (arrows) and native trees.

 

For More PDF files of earlier papers go to: Environmental Microbiology Website.

External Collaborators

  • Dr. Robert Linderman, USDA-ARS , Corvallis, Oregon
reforestation azospirillum pgpb
General view of the reforested desert two years after planting

General view of the reforested desert three years after planting.

Most relevant publications in recent years:

  • Bashan, Y., Moreno, M., Salazar, B.G., and Alvarez, L. 2013. Restoration and recovery of hurricane-damaged mangroves using the knickpoint retreat effect and tides as dredging tools. Journal of Environmental Management 116: 196-203

  • Trejo, A., de-Bashan, L. E., Hartmann, A., Hernandez, J.P., Rothballer, M., Schmid, M. and Bashan, Y. 2012. Recycling waste debris of immobilized microalgae and plant growth-promoting bacteria from wastewater treatment as a resource to improve fertility of eroded desert soil. Environmental and Experimental Botany 75 : 65-73

  • Bashan, Y., Salazar, B. G., Moreno M., Lopez, B. R. and Linderman, R. G. 2012 Restoration of eroded soil in the Sonoran Desert with native leguminous trees using plant growth-promoting microorganisms and limited amounts of compost and water. Journal of Environmental Management 102 : 26-36

  • Lopez, B.R., Tinoco-Ojanguren, C., Bacilio, M., Mendoza, A., and Bashan, Y., 2012. Endophytic bacteria of the rock-dwelling cactus Mammillaria fraileana affect plant growth and mobilization of elements from rocks. Environmental and Experimental Botany 81: 26-36

  • Bashan, Y., Salazar, B. G., Moreno M., Lopez, B. R. and Linderman, R. G. 2012 Restoration of eroded soil in the Sonoran Desert with native leguminous trees using plant growth-promoting microorganisms and limited amounts of compost and water. Journal of Environmental Management 102 : 26-36

  • Bacilio, M., Vazquez, P., and Bashan, Y. 2011. Water versus spacing: A possible growth preference among young individuals of the giant cardon cactus of the Baja California Peninsula. Environmental and Experimental Botany 70: 29-36

  • de-Bashan, L.E., Hernandez, J.-P., Bashan, Y. and Maier, R. 2010. Bacillus pumilus ES4: Candidate plant growth-promoting bacterium to enhance establishment of plants in mine tailings. Environmental and Experimental Botany 69: 343–352

  • de-Bashan, L.E., Hernandez, J.-P., Nelson, N. K., Bashan, Y. and Maier, R. 2010. Growth of Quailbush in Acidic, Metalliferous Desert Mine Tailings: Effect of Azospirillum brasilense Sp6 on Biomass Production and Rhizosphere Community Structure. Microbial Ecology 60: 915–927

  • Lopez, R.B., Bashan, Y., Bacilio M. and De la Cruz-Aguero, G. 2009 Rock-colonizing plants: abundance of the endemic cactus Mammillaria fraileana related to rock type in the southern Sonoran Desert. Plant Ecology 201: 575-588 The definitive version is available at: http://www.elsevier.com/plant ecology

  • Puente, M.E., Li, C.Y. and Bashan, Y. 2009 Endophytic bacteria in cacti seeds can improve the development of cactus seedlings. Environmental and Experimental Botany 66: 402-408

  • Bashan, Y., Salazar, B., Puente, M. E., Bacilio, M., and Linderman, R.G. 2009. Enhanced establishment and growth of giant cardon cactus in an eroded field in the Sonoran Desert using native legume trees as nurse plants aided by plant growth-promoting microorganisms and compost. Biology and Fertility of Soils 45: 585-594 The definitive version is available at: http://www.springerlink.com

  • Bashan, Y., Salazar, B., and Puente, M.E. 2009. Responses of native legume desert trees used for reforestation in the Sonoran Desert to plant growth-promoting microorganisms in screen house. Biology and Fertility of Soils 45:655-662 The definitive version is available at: http://www.springerlink.com

  • Bashan, Y., Puente M. E., de-Bashan L.E., and Hernandez J.-P. 2008. Environmental uses of plant growth-promoting bacteria. In: Plant-Microbe interactions. (Ed). E. Ait Barka and C. Clément. Chapter 4. pp. 69-93. Research Signpost, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

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  • Bashan, Y., Khaosaad, T., Salazar, B.G., Ocampo, J. A. Wiemken, A. Oehl, F. and Vierheilig, H. 2007. Mycorrhizal characterization of the boojum tree, Fouquieria columnaris, an endemic ancient tree from the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. Trees Structure and Function 21: 329-335

  • Bashan, Y., Vierheilig, H., Salazar, B.G., and de-Bashan, L.E. 2006. Primary colonization and breakdown of igneous rocks by endemic, succulent elephant trees (Pachycormus discolor) of the deserts in Baja California, Mexico. Naturwissenschaften 93: 344–347

  • Bashan, Y. and de-Bashan, L. E. 2004. The biggest of all; the gigant cardon cactus of Baja California, mexcio. Tzabar 11: 18 - 25
  • Bashan, Y., Moreno, M., de-Bashan, L. E., Leyva, L. A., and de La Luz, J. L. 2003. Crawling Devil. A rare & mobile desert cactus. Wildflower 19 (4): 38-41.

  • Bashan, Y., Gonzalez-Bashan, L.E., and Leon de la Luz,J.L. 2003. Land of the strange trees & giant rocks. Wildflower 19 (1): 34-41.
  • Carrillo, A.E., Li, C.Y., and Bashan, Y. 2002. Increased acidification in the rhizosphere of cactus seedlings induced by Azospirillum brasilense. Naturwissenschaften 89: 428-432.

  • Bashan, Y., Gonzalez-Bashan, L.E., and Leon de la Luz,J.L. 2001. King cactus. The giant cardon cactus of Baja California. Wildflower 17: 10-16.
  • Bashan, Y., Davis, E. A., Carrillo-Garcia, A. and Linderman,R.G. 2000. Assessment of VA mycorrhizal inoculum potential in relation to the establishment of cactus seedlings under mesquite nurse-trees in the Sonoran desert. Applied Soil Ecology 14 : 165-176.

  • Carrillo-Garcia, A., Bashan, Y. and Bethlenfalvay, G.J. 2000. Resource-island soils and the survival of the giant cactus, cardon, of Baja California Sur. Plant and Soil 218: 207-214.

  • Carrillo-Gracia, A., Bashan, Y., Diaz-Rivera, E., and Bethlenfalvay,G.J. 2000. Effects of resource - island soils, competition, and inoculation with Azospirillum on survival and growth of Pachycereus pringlei , the giant cactus of the Sonoran Desert. Restoration Ecology 8 : 65-73.

  • Bashan,Y., Gonzalez, L.E., Toledo,G., Leon de La Luz, J.L.,Bethlenfalvay, G.J, Troyo, E., Rojas, A., Holguin,G., Puente, M.E.,Lebsky,V.K., Vazquez, P., Castellanos, T. and Glazier, E. 2000. A proposal for conservation of exemplary stands of the giant cardon cactus(Pachycereus pringlei [S. Wats Britt. & Ross]) in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Natural Areas Journal 20: 197-200.
  • Bashan, Y., Toledo, G., Gonzalez, L. E. and Holguin, G. 2000. The fall of the giants: a wilderness survey of decaying cardon cactus ( Pachycereus pringlei) in Baja California Sur. Ciencia y Desarrollo 26 (no.150): 30-37.(In Spanish, México).
  • Bashan, Y. Rojas, A. and Puente, M.E. 1999. Improved establishment and development of three cacti species inoculated with Azospirillum brasilense transplanted into disturbed urban desert soil. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 45: 441-451.

  • Carrillo-Garcia, A., Leon de la Luz, J.-L., Bashan, Y. and Bethlenfalvay, G.J. 1999. Nurse plants, mycorrhizae, and plant establishment in a disturbed area of the Sonoran desert. Restoration Ecology 7: 321-335.

  • Bashan, Y. and Holguin, G. 1999. The secret of Viagra from nature. Teva Hadvarim No. 41 pp. 58-65 
  • Holguin, G., Alcaraz Melendez, L. and Bashan, Y. 1999. Damiana, an aphrodisiac plant from the Mexican desert, facts and myths. Ciencia y Desarrollo 25 (no.147):74-77. (In Spanish, Mexico)
  • Bashan, Y., Gonzalez, L. E., Toledo, G., Leon de la Luz, J. L., and Bethlenfalvay, G. 1998. A proposal for conservation of outstanding stands of the giant cardon cactus (Pachycereus pringlei ) in Baja California Sur. Cactaceas y Suculentas Mexicanas 43: 85-89. (In Spanish, México)
  • Bashan, Y. and Gonzalez, L.E. 1998. The giant cardon of Baja California. Teva Hadvarim No. 33 pp. 50-61 
  • Bashan, Y. and Holguin, G. 1998. Damiana: an aphrodisiac plant from the Mexican desert. Sinorama 23 (9): 44-47. (in Chinese and English, Taiwan)

Related pages:

  • Conservation of exceptional stands of the giant cardon cactus in Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Crawling devil: A mobile desert plant – The rare crawling devil cactus of Baja California, Mexico is potentially threatened


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