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Unravelling the Secret Lives of Plant Root Systems

By: John Pate(Author), Tina Bell(Author), Bill Verboom(Author)
274 pages, illustrations
Publisher: UWA Publishing
Unravelling the Secret Lives of Plant Root Systems
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  • Unravelling the Secret Lives of Plant Root Systems ISBN: 9781760800208 Paperback Nov 2020 Usually dispatched within 2-4 weeks
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Roots are truly amazing structures. They show great flexibility when exploring and exploiting soil substrates of uneven penetrability and availability of water and nutrients, yet also possess highly ordered architectures and anatomical features which may turn out to be as diagnostic of a species as any attribute based on aboveg-round parts.

Unravelling the Secret Lives of Plant Root Systems provides case studies of structural and functional qualities of roots of species from the biodiverse ecosystems of south west Western Australia, and views these in the context of survival in nutrient-poor soils, continued threat of fire and extreme seasonal fluctuations in temperature and water availability.

Among a range of issues considered in the volume are examinations of:
- Roots in symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing organisms and mycorrhizal fungi
- Roots of parasitic species capable of extracting water and solutes from transport channels of their hosts
- Cluster roots adept at sourcing sparingly available nutrient resources, and
- Recently discovered cases amongst eucalypts whose specialised roots, in probable cooperation with microbes, generate compacted layers of clay and/or carbonates in their rooting catchments

These examples, discussed alongside accounts of how roots and shoots interact in their respective inputs of photosynthate and water, comprise fascinating commentaries on how plants perform under exacting natural conditions and in comparison to the cossetted systems one finds under agriculture, horticulture, forestry and gardening. The book considers relevance of subject matter and conclusions to conservation and cultivation of plants.

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By: John Pate(Author), Tina Bell(Author), Bill Verboom(Author)
274 pages, illustrations
Publisher: UWA Publishing
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