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About this book
About this book
Gives an overview of how roots have adapted to the soil environment and which roles they play in the soil ecosystem. The text describes the form and function of roots, their temporal and spatial distribution, and their turnover rate in various ecosystems.
Constraints on the Form and Function of Root Systems.- Distribution of Roots in Soil, and Root Foraging Activity.- Turnover of Root Systems.- The Control of Carbon Acquisition by and Growth of Roots.- Hydraulic Properties of Roots.- Root Growth and Function in Relation to Soil Structure, Composition, and Strength.- Adaptation of Roots to Drought.- Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plant Root Systems Subjected to Flooding of the Soil.- Root Competition: Towards a Mechanistic Understanding.- Root Exudates: an Overview.- Mycorrhizas.- Signalling in Rhizobacteria-Plant Interactions.-Interactions Between Oxygen-Releasing Roots and Microbial Processes in Flooded Soils and Sediments.- Root-Animal Interactions
415 pages, Figs, tabs
From the reviews: "... As expected from the Ecological Studies series, the contributions are well-edited, up-to-date, concise and in-depth. As a summary of current knowledge of roots and how they do their job, this book deserves a place on all library shelves and will be of value to undergraduates writing essays through to those active in the research area." (Bulletin of the British Ecological Society) "This volume offers the reader a thorough grounding in several key areas of root ecology ! . The authors did a great job of identifying useful approaches and methods, including emerging technologies and applications. It is especially encouraging to read about the development and utilization of tools to observe roots and the rhizosphere with reduced disturbance. ! Root ecology offers an opportunity to learn about the innovations and developments occurring throughout this field." (Julie Whitbeck, Ecology, Vol. 85 (7), 2004) "The book starts with an overview of the form and function of roots and the problems that they encounter, followed by chapters on their spatial and temporal distribution. ! As expected from the Ecological Studies series, the contributions are well-edited, up-to-date, concise and in-depth. ! this book deserves a place on all library shelves and will be of value to undergraduates writing essays through to those active in the research area." (Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, Vol. 35 (1), 2004)