Root Methods pp 175-210 | Cite as

Auger Sampling, Ingrowth Cores and Pinboard Methods



This chapter outlines those methods for assessing root systems structure and function in the field which are based on washing roots free from the soil in which they grew. Some of these methods are included in previous reviews (Kolesnikov 1971; Böhm 1979). The methods are either disruptive or totally destructive to the root system being studied and to the immediate environment (Taylor et al. 1991).


Root System Root Length Fine Root Soil Core Root Diameter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ÉvoraÉvoraPortugal
  2. 2.ICRAF, JI CIFORBogorIndonesia
  3. 3.University of ReadingReadingUK
  4. 4.Plant Research InternationalWageningenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Dipt. di Agronomia Ambientale e Produzioni VegetaliUniversità di Padova Instituto di AgronomicaLegnaro (Padova)Italy
  6. 6.Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil ScienceUniversity Brawijaya, Faculty of AgricultureMalangIndonesia

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