Root foraging theory put to the test

H. de Kroon, L. Mommer

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Roots have a tremendous plasticity that has long fascinated plant scientists. Root proliferation into enriched soil patches is commonly considered as a way for plants to acquire patchily distributed soil resources. In a recent synthetic study involving the responses of over 100 species, Kembel and Cahill concluded that long-standing generalizations explaining variation in root proliferation should be reconsidered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-116
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • phenotypic plasticity
  • plant
  • responses
  • growth
  • system
  • precision

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