Shovel roots: a unique stress-avoiding developmental strategy of the legume plant Hedysarum coronarium L.

@article{Tola2008ShovelRA,
  title={Shovel roots: a unique stress-avoiding developmental strategy of the legume plant Hedysarum coronarium L.},
  author={Elisabetta Tola and Jos{\`e} Liberato Henriquez-Sab{\`a} and Elisa Polone and Frank B. Dazzo and Giuseppe Concheri and Sergio Casella and Andrea Squartini},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
  year={2008},
  volume={322},
  pages={25-37}
}
Hedysarum coronarium (sulla) is a legume native to the Mediterranean basin, known for its broad tolerance to various environmental stresses, and its ability to thrive without signs of chlorosis when growing in arid and alkaline soils up to pH 9.6. A unique but poorly known morphological feature of its root system is the production of “shovels”, modified lateral roots that acquire a curved and flattened shape. A combined structural and functional analysis was undertaken to define the nature and… CONTINUE READING