Building a better foundation: improving root-trait measurements to understand and model plant and ecosystem processes
McCormack, ML; Guo, DL; Iversen, CM; Chen, WL; Eissenstat, DM; Fernandez, CW; Li, L; Ma, CG; Ma, ZQ; Poorter, H; Reich, PB; Zadworny, M; Zanne, A
2017
Source PublicationNEW PHYTOLOGIST
ISSN0028-646X
Volume215Issue:1Pages:27-37
AbstractTrait-based approaches provide a useful framework to investigate plant strategies for resource acquisition, growth, and competition, as well as plant impacts on ecosystem processes. Despite significant progress capturing trait variation within and among stems and leaves, identification of trait syndromes within fine-root systems and between fine roots and other plant organs is limited. Here we discuss three underappreciated areas where focused measurements of fine-root traits can make significant contributions to ecosystem science. These include assessment of spatiotemporal variation in fine-root traits, integration of mycorrhizal fungi into fine-root-trait frameworks, and the need for improved scaling of traits measured on individual roots to ecosystem-level processes. Progress in each of these areas is providing opportunities to revisit how below-ground processes are represented in terrestrial biosphere models. Targeted measurements of fine-root traits with clear linkages to ecosystem processes and plant responses to environmental change are strongly needed to reduce empirical and model uncertainties. Further identifying how and when suites of root and whole-plant traits are coordinated or decoupled will ultimately provide a powerful tool for modeling plant form and function at local and global scales.
SubtypeJournal
Keywordbelow ground ecological modeling nutrient acquisition plant functional traits root economics spectrum (RES) trait syndromes
Subject AreaPlant Sciences
WOS Subject ExtendedPlant Sciences
WOS KeywordECONOMICS SPECTRUM ; FUNCTIONAL TRAITS ; FINE ROOTS ; MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI ; CARBON ALLOCATION ; TEMPERATE TREES ; LEAF-LITTER ; LIFE-SPAN ; NITROGEN ; RESPIRATION
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Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000402413100005
PublisherWILEY
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/44046
Collection生态系统网络观测与模拟院重点实验室_生态网络实验室
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McCormack, ML,Guo, DL,Iversen, CM,et al. Building a better foundation: improving root-trait measurements to understand and model plant and ecosystem processes[J]. NEW PHYTOLOGIST,2017,215(1):27-37.
APA McCormack, ML.,Guo, DL.,Iversen, CM.,Chen, WL.,Eissenstat, DM.,...&Zanne, A.(2017).Building a better foundation: improving root-trait measurements to understand and model plant and ecosystem processes.NEW PHYTOLOGIST,215(1),27-37.
MLA McCormack, ML,et al."Building a better foundation: improving root-trait measurements to understand and model plant and ecosystem processes".NEW PHYTOLOGIST 215.1(2017):27-37.
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