, Volume 190, Issue 1, pp 87-90

Temperature-induced alteration to root longevity in Lolium perenne

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Abstract

The production and mortality of roots is an important factor determining nutrient and carbon fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. However, the effect of temperature on the longevity of roots is not understood. In this study the impact of changes in temperature on the longevity of Lolium perenne roots was determined.

Plants were grown at 15 °C, 21 °C and 27 °C and their roots observed using a minirhizotron system. Major effects of temperature were measured with large reductions in root longevity occurring at higher temperatures. The implications of these data are discussed.