Root Ecology

  • Hans de Kroon
  • Eric J. W. Visser

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 168)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. D. Robinson, A. Hodge, A. Fitter
    Pages 1-31
  3. M. J. Hutchings, E. A. John
    Pages 33-60
  4. W. K. Lauenroth, R. Gill
    Pages 61-89
  5. J. F. Farrar, D. L. Jones
    Pages 91-124
  6. M. T. Tyree
    Pages 125-150
  7. W. J. Davies, M. A. Bacon
    Pages 173-192
  8. H. de Kroon, L. Mommer, A. Nishiwaki
    Pages 215-234
  9. Inderjit, L. A. Weston
    Pages 235-255
  10. F. A. Smith, S. E. Smith, S. Timonen
    Pages 257-295
  11. L. C. van Loon, P. A. H. M. Bakker
    Pages 297-330
  12. J. B. Whittaker
    Pages 363-385
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 387-397

About this book


In the course of evolution, a great variety of root systems have learned to overcome the many physical, biochemical and biological problems brought about by soil. This development has made them a fascinating object of scientific study.
This volume gives an overview of how roots have adapted to the soil environment and which roles they play in the soil ecosystem. The text describes the form and function of roots, their temporal and spatial distribution, and their turnover rate in various ecosystems. Subsequently, a physiological background is provided for basic functions, such as carbon acquisition, water and solute movement, and for their responses to three major abiotic stresses, i.e. hard soil structure, drought and flooding. The volume concludes with the interactions of roots with other organisms of the complex soil ecosystem, including symbiosis, competition, and the function of roots as a food source.


Bodenökologie Wurzeln ecology ecology - plants ecophysiology - plants ecosystem environment physiology root growth roots soil ecology Ökologie, Pflanzen Ökophysiologie, Pflanzen

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans de Kroon
    • 1
  • Eric J. W. Visser
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Experimental Plant Ecology, Department of EcologyUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Nederlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05520-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-09784-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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