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Tamm Review: Deep fine roots in forest ecosystems: Why dig deeper?

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Germon, Amandine [1, 2] ; Laclau, Jean-Paul [3, 1, 2] ; Robin, Agnes [3, 1, 4] ; Jourdan, Christophe [3, 1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Montpellier, Montpellier SupAgro, INRA, CIRAD, IRD, Eco&Sols, Montpellier - France
[2] Sao Paulo State Univ, Sch Agr Sci, UNESP, Botucatu 18610307, SP - Brazil
[3] CIRAD, UMR Eco&Sols, F-34060 Montpellier - France
[4] Luiz de Queiroz Univ Sao Paulo, Soil Sci Dept, ESALQ, Escola Super Agr, Piracicaba 13418900, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Review article
Web of Science Citations: 0

While the number of studies dealing with fine root dynamics in deep soils layers (depth > 1 m) has increased sharply recently, the phenology, the morphology, the anatomy and the role of deep fine roots are still poorly known in forest ecosystems. This review summarizes the current knowledge on fine root production, mortality and longevity in deep soil layers, mycorrhizal association with deep roots, and the role of deep fine roots on carbon, water and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems. Plant species are known to be more deeply rooted in tropical ecosystems than in temperate and boreal ecosystems, but deep-rooted species are common in a wide range of climates. Deep fine roots are highly plastic in response to changes in environmental conditions and soil resources. Recent studies show that functional traits can be different for deep and shallow roots, with a possible functional specialization of deep fine roots to take up nutrients. With higher vessel diameter and larger tracheid, the anatomy of deep fine roots is also oriented toward water acquisition and transport by increasing the hydraulic conductivity. Deep fine roots can have a great impact on the biogeochemical cycles in many forests (in particular in tropical areas where highly weathered soils are commonly very deep), making it possible to take up water and nutrients over dry periods and contributing to store carbon in the soil. The biogeochemical models in forest ecosystems need to consider the specificity of deep root functioning to better predict carbon, water and nutrient cycling as well as net ecosystem productivity. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/24911-8 - Consequence of clear-cutting on the production of fine roots, CO2 and N2O down to the water table in Eucalyptus grandis stands conducted in coppice in a throughfall-exclusion experiment.
Grantee:Amandine Esther Louise Germon
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/13572-3 - Modeling CO2 production and transport in a deep Ferralsol under Eucalyptus grandis plantations subjected to contrasted rainfall regimes
Grantee:Amandine Esther Louise Germon
Support Opportunities: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate