Belowground competition in a broad-leaved temperate mixed forest: pattern analysis and experiments in a four-species stand

  title={Belowground competition in a broad-leaved temperate mixed forest: pattern analysis and experiments in a four-species stand},
  author={Boris Rewald and C. Jaco Leuschner},
  journal={European Journal of Forest Research},
We investigated fine root biomass and distribution patterns in a species-rich temperate Carpinus–Quercus–Fagus–Tilia forest and searched for experimental evidence of symmetry or asymmetry in belowground competition. We conducted extensive root coring and applied the recently introduced in situ-root growth chamber technique for quantifying fine root growth under experimentally altered intra- and interspecific root neighbourhoods in the intact stand. In 75% of all soil cores, fine roots of more… CONTINUE READING
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