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Trends Ecol Evol. 1993 May;8(5):174-8. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(93)90143-D.

Assessing the role of fine roots in carbon and nutrient cycling.

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  • 1Joseph Hendricks and John Aber are at the Institute of Natural Resources, Complex Systems Research Center, Morse Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA.


Fine roots remain one of the most difficult and important areas to study in terrestrial ecosystems. Recent investigations have focused on carbon and nitrogen balances to assess their dynamics in natural systems. The results of these new, system-level, budgeting approaches together with those of the more conventional biomass measurement methods may provide valuable insight into fine root carbon and nutrient cycling dynamics. These findings, in turn, may facilitate a more holistic understanding of ecosystem structure and function, which is critical for the assessment and prediction of disturbances to terrestrial systems.

Copyright © 1993. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


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