Roots and the Architecture of Root Systems

Gregory, P J (2006) Roots and the Architecture of Root Systems. In: Plant Roots: Growth, Activity and Interaction with Soils. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 18-43. ISBN 978-1-4051-1906-1

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Roots are complex structures that exist in diverse forms and exhibit a wide range of interactions with the media in which they live. They also exhibit a very wide range of associations with other living organisms with which they have co-evolved. Laboratory and fi eld studies have revealed a great deal about this complexity, especially during the last 20 years or so when there have been several national programmes of research around the world focusing on below-ground processes. The purpose of this chapter is to describe the essential anatomical and morphological features of roots as a background to understanding the diverse forms of root systems and their functioning which follow in later chapters.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Root, Botany
Author Affiliation: Director, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee Visiting Professor of Soil Science, University of Reading
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Plant Breeding
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 05:08
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2012 05:08

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