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Measuring Roots: An Updated Approach

Handbook / Manual

Edited By: Stefano Mancuso

382 pages, 82 colour & 67 b/w photos & illustrations; tables


Hardback | Nov 2011 | #194536 | ISBN-13: 9783642220661
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NHBS Price: £179.99 $235/€205 approx

About this book

Roots represent half of the plant body--and arguably the more interesting half. Despite its obvious importance for the whole plant, until recently our knowledge of the root apparatus was very limited, mostly due to the inadequacy of the techniques available. Recent advances in the visualization and measurement of roots have resulted in significant progress in our understanding of root architecture, growth and behaviour. In this book international experts highlight the most advanced techniques, both lab and field methods, and discuss them in detail. "Measuring Roots" combines academic and practical aspects of this topic, making it a universal handbook for all researchers and others interested in root-measuring methods.


Part I Lab Methods
1 Higher plants: Structural diversity of roots
2 Electrical impedance spectroscopy and roots
3 Multi Electrode Arrays (MEAs) and the Electrical Network of the Roots
4 The vibrating probe technique in the study of root physiology under stress
5 The use of planar optodes in root studies for quantitative imaging
6 Applications of Confocal Microscopy in the Study of Root Apparatus
7 High-Throughput Quantification of Root Growth
8 Flat optical scanner method and root dynamics
9 3D Reconstruction and Dynamic Modeling of Root Architecture in situ

Part II Field Methods
10 Geophysical imaging techniques
11 Multi electrode resistivity imaging
12 Using ground-penetrating radar to detect tree roots and estimate biomass
13 Root structure: in situ studies through sap flow research
14 Root function: in situ studies through sap flow research
15 Fine root dynamics and root respiration
16 Biases And Errors Associated With Different Root Production Methods And Their Effects On Field Estimates Of Belowground Net Primary Production
17 Minirhizotrons in modern root studies
18. Fine root turnover

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