© 2000

The Supporting Roots of Trees and Woody Plants: Form, Function and Physiology

  • A. Stokes

Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 87)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Anchorage and Biomechanics

  3. Structural Root System Architecture in Forest Trees

  4. Growth and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Michael Drexhage, Françoise Huber, Francis Colin
      Pages 121-130
    3. G. M. Tourn, M. F. Menvielle, A. L. Scopel, B. Pidal
      Pages 137-143
    4. Paul P. Kormanik, Shi-Jean S. Sung, Taryn L. Kormanik, Stanley J. Zarnoch, Scott Schlarbaum
      Pages 171-178

About this book


This publication comprises the proceedings of the first International Conference devoted to the structural roots of trees and woody plants. 'The Supporting Roots - Structure and Function,' 20-24 July 1998, Bordeaux, France. The meeting was held under the auspices ofIUFRO WPS 2. 01. 13 'Root Physiology and Symbiosis,' and its aim was to bring together scientific researchers, foresters and arboriculturalists, to discuss current problems in structural root research and disseminate knowledge to an audience from a wide disciplinary background. For the first time in an international conference, emphasis was placed on presenting recent reseach in the field of tree anchorage mechanics and root biomechanics. The way in which tree stability can be affected by root system symmetry and architecture was addressed, as well as how movement during wind sway can influence the development and shape of woody roots. The role of different nursery and planting techniques was discussed, in relation to effects on root system form and development. Root response to different environmental stresses, including water, temperature, nutrient and mechanical stress was addressed in detail. The structure and function of woody roots was also considered at different levels, from coarse to fine roots, with several papers discussing the interaction between roots and the rhizosphere. One of the conference highlights was the presentation of new methods in root research, by a series of workshops held at LRBB-INRA, Pierroton, on the northern border of the Gascony forest.


Tree Woody plant forest forest trees physiology roots woody plants

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Stokes
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Rheologie du Bois de BordeauxCestas GazinetFrance

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`... this is a valuable sourcebook for any scientist working on root systems in woody plants. In times of increasing frequency and severity of storms, the proper anchorage of supporting roots is of major importance for the stability of trees...'
Journal of Plant Physiology, 158:7 (2000)