Effects of fire and invasive plants on desert soils

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This research brief discusses the effects of fire  and  invasive  species on biological, chemical,  and  physical  properties of desert  soils. Although soil  may recover  from  the impacts  of  fire  during  succession,  these changes are permanent  under  persistent invasive  species. The  most severe  effects of fire  occur  under high temperatures  with  high  fuel buildup  and soil moisture  that  conducts  heat downward.