Predicting fine root lifespan from plant functional traits in temperate trees.

@article{McCormack2012PredictingFR,
  title={Predicting fine root lifespan from plant functional traits in temperate trees.},
  author={M Luke McCormack and Thomas Seton Adams and Erica A. H. Smithwick and David M. Eissenstat},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2012},
  volume={195 4},
  pages={
          823-31
        }
}
Although linkages of leaf and whole-plant traits to leaf lifespan have been rigorously investigated, there is a limited understanding of similar linkages of whole-plant and fine root traits to root lifespan. In comparisons across species, do suites of traits found in leaves also exist for roots, and can these traits be used to predict root lifespan? We observed the fine root lifespan of 12 temperate tree species using minirhizotrons in a common garden and compared their median lifespans with… CONTINUE READING
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