A statistical approach to root system classification

  title={A statistical approach to root system classification},
  author={Gernot Bodner and Daniel Leitner and Alireza Nakhforoosh and Monika Sobotik and Karl Moder and Hans-Peter Kaul},
  booktitle={Front. Plant Sci.},
Plant root systems have a key role in ecology and agronomy. In spite of fast increase in root studies, still there is no classification that allows distinguishing among distinctive characteristics within the diversity of rooting strategies. Our hypothesis is that a multivariate approach for "plant functional type" identification in ecology can be applied to the classification of root systems. The classification method presented is based on a data-defined statistical procedure without a priori… CONTINUE READING
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