Root structure-function relationships in 74 species: evidence of a root economics spectrum related to carbon economy.

@article{Roumet2016RootSR,
  title={Root structure-function relationships in 74 species: evidence of a root economics spectrum related to carbon economy.},
  author={Catherine Roumet and Marine Birouste and Catherine Picon-Cochard and Murielle Ghestem and Normaniza Osman and Sylvain Vrignon-Brenas and Kun-fang Cao and Alexia Stokes},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2016},
  volume={210 3},
  pages={
          815-26
        }
}
Although fine roots are important components of the global carbon cycle, there is limited understanding of root structure-function relationships among species. We determined whether root respiration rate and decomposability, two key processes driving carbon cycling but always studied separately, varied with root morphological and chemical traits, in a coordinated way that would demonstrate the existence of a root economics spectrum (RES). Twelve traits were measured on fine roots (diameter ≤ 2… Expand

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