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Root Methods: A Handbook

Handbook / Manual

Edited By: AL Smit, AG Bengouch, C Engels, M van Noordwijk, S Pellerin and SC Van De Geijn

587 pages, B/w photos, 108 figs, 39 tabs


Hardback | Dec 2000 | #109392 | ISBN: 3540667288
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Presents all modern methods for plant root research, both in the field and in the laboratory. It covers the effects of environmental interactions with root growth and function, and focuses in particular on the assessment of root distribution and dynamics. The processing of root observations, analysis and modelling of root growth and architecture, root-image analysis, computer-assisted tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, are also described and discussed.

From the reviews "This book exceptionally benefits from the excellent expertise of the various authors in their respective field of root research. ... Each chapter provides the reader with a comprehensive and updated review of methods and a vast array of available technical equipment (ranging from common mechanical sampling devices to sophisticated analytical instruments), chemical agents and software. Outstanding features of nearly all chapters are the detailed practical instructions... The book will serve as a particularly valuable resource not only for those already working on roots, but also for newcomers and advanced students seeking an entrance to the "hidden half" of the plant." (Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, Vol. 164, Issue 2, 2001) "... this handbook will not only be found in libraries of institutes and universities, but will also have a permanent place on the desks of scientists in plant sciences who seek to expand their knowledge in the field of root biology and for students who are studying the problems of different aspects of root growth and development. I would recommend this book to all specialists in breeding, genetics, plant physiology and graduate students who are interested in root studies." (Acta physiologiae Plantarum, Vol. 23, Issue 2, 2001) "... No other publication on root investigation comes close to providing such comprehensive coverage, so it will undoubtedly become a standard reference." (Journal of Agricultural Science, Vol. 136, 2001) "Root Methods, a Handbook offers up-to-date and comprehensive information on methods of root research. The contributors are specialists in their fields and the book covers all aspects of root methods. ... All chapters are self-contained and offer comprehensive lists of references." (Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, Vol. 188, Issue 1, 2002)


1 Root Characteristics: Why and What to Measure.- 2 Anatomy and Histology of Roots and Root-Soil Boundary.- 3 Control and Measurement of the Physical Environment in Root Growth Experiments.- 4 Modelling Root System Growth and Architecture.- 5 Sampling Strategy, Scaling and Statistics.- 6 Auger Sampling, In-Growth Cores and Pinboard Methods.- 7 Trench Profile Techniques and Core Break Methods.- 8 Root Observations and Measurements at (Transparent) Interfaces with Soil.- 9 The Measurement and Analysis of Fine Root Longevity.- 10 Root Image Analysis and Interpretation.- 11 Computer Assisted Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.- 12 Isotope Techniques.- 13 Assessment of the Ability of Roots for Nutrient Acquisition.- 14 Water Uptake.- 15 Modelling Water and Nutrient Uptake.- 16 Plant Anchorage.- Appendix: Suppliers.- Subject Index

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