Folia Geobotanica et Phytotaxonomica

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 113–135

Live and dead underground plant biomass in a natural meadow hydrosere

  • Karel Fiala

DOI: 10.1007/BF02912735

Cite this article as:
Fiala, K. Folia geobot. phytotax. (1990) 25: 113. doi:10.1007/BF02912735


In seven meadow stands of natural hydroseres the average total underground biomass ranged from 1.6 to 3.7 kg. m−2. The highest percentages of live roots (46–60%) and live underground biomass (1.40–1.61 kg. m−2) were recorded in stands situated around the middle of the hydroseres and the lowest values (18%; 0.48 kg. m−2 and 23%; 0.86 kg. m−2) were both on the wettest and the driest sites. The total underground/aboveground biomass ratios varied between 3.2 and 12.2 while the live underground/aboveground biomass ratios lay between 0.7 and 3.4.


Meadow stands Live root biomass Vertical distribution of root biomass Underground biomass partitioning Root/shoot ratio 

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© Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karel Fiala
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Grassland EcosystemsInstitute of Systematical and Ecological Biology of the Czechoslovak Academy of SciencesBrnoCzechoslovakia

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