Biology of Root Formation and Development pp 353-364

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The Mutual Distribution of Competing Root Systems

A Stationary Model
  • Ariel Novoplansky
  • Dan Cohen

Abstract

The spatial distribution of plant roots in the soil is a complex dynamic process that changes in response to the changing morphological, physiological and ecological state of plants and in response to the spatial and temporal distribution of soil resources (Caldwell and Richards 1986, Brisson and Reynolds 1994). The changes in soil resources represent the balance between inputs and losses which include both physical and biotic factors. The depletion of resources by roots is a major feedback process in the dynamics of resources in the environment (e.g. Russel and Newbould 1969, Caldwell 1987).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ariel Novoplansky
    • 1
  • Dan Cohen
    • 2
  1. 1.Ben-Gurion University of the NegevThe Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert ResearchIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Evolution, Systematics and EcologyThe Silberman Institute of Life Sciences The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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