Changes in soil hyphal abundance and viability can alter the patterns of hydraulic redistribution by plant roots
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Background and aims
We conducted a mesocosm study to investigate the extent to which the process of hydraulic redistribution of soil water by plant roots is affected by mycorrhizosphere disturbance.
We used deuterium-labeled water to track the transfer of hydraulically lifted water (HLW) from well-hydrated donor oaks (Quercus agrifolia Nee.) to drought-stressed receiver seedlings growing together in mycorrhizal or fungicide-treated mesocosms. We hypothesized that the transfer of HLW from donor to receiver plants would be enhanced in undisturbed (non-fungicide-treated) mesocosms where an intact mycorrhizal hyphal network was present.
Contrary to expectations, both upper soil and receiver seedlings contained significantly greater proportions of HLW in mesocosms where the abundance of mycorrhizal hyphal links between donor and receiver roots had been sharply reduced by fungicide application. Reduced soil hyphal density and viability likely hampered soil moisture retention properties in fungicide-treated mesocosms, thus leading to faster soil water depletion in upper compartments. The resulting steeper soil water potential gradient between taproot and upper compartments enhanced hydraulic redistribution in fungicide-treated mesocosms.
Belowground disturbances that reduce soil hyphal density and viability in the mycorrhizosphere can alter the patterns of hydraulic redistribution by roots through effects on soil hydraulic properties.
- Changes in soil hyphal abundance and viability can alter the patterns of hydraulic redistribution by plant roots
Plant and Soil
Volume 355, Issue 1-2 , pp 63-73
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- Hydraulic lift
- Water redistribution
- Mycorrhizal fungi
- Quercus agrifolia
- Soil water retention properties
- Mycorrhizosphere disturbance
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- Author Affiliations
- 1. Departamento de Conservación de Suelos y Aguas, Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CEBAS-CSIC), Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100, Murcia, Spain
- 2. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, USA
- 3. Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (EEZA-CSIC), La Cañada de San Urbano, Almería, Spain
- 4. Departamento de Biología de la Conservación, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Ensenada, Mexico
- 5. Center for Conservation Biology, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA