A global analysis of root distributions for terrestrial biomes

@article{Jackson1996AGA,
  title={A global analysis of root distributions for terrestrial biomes},
  author={Robert B. Jackson and Josep G. Canadell and James R. Ehleringer and Harold Mooney and Osvaldo E. Sala and Ernst‐Detlef Schulze},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1996},
  volume={108},
  pages={389-411}
}
Understanding and predicting ecosystem functioning (e.g., carbon and water fluxes) and the role of soils in carbon storage requires an accurate assessment of plant rooting distributions. Here, in a comprehensive literature synthesis, we analyze rooting patterns for terrestrial biomes and compare distributions for various plant functional groups. We compiled a database of 250 root studies, subdividing suitable results into 11 biomes, and fitted the depth coefficient β to the data for each biome… 

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