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Growth, photosynthesis, and stomatal conductance in Gutierrezia sarothrae associated with hydraulic conductance and soil water extraction by deep roots

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Wan, Changgui, Sosebee, Ronald E, and McMichael, Bobby L, Growth, photosynthesis, and stomatal conductance in Gutierrezia sarothrae associated with hydraulic conductance and soil water extraction by deep roots: .

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We hypothesize that predominance of Gutierrezia sarothrae in the rangeland plant community depends on its ability to take up water more effectively from soil depths below 30 cm. Gutierrezia seedlings grown in 30-cm-deep pots were allowed to develop deep lateral roots out of pots into subsoil. The deep laterals were then excised and photosynthesis and stomatal conductance of the test plants measured before and after root pruning. Photosynthesis (A) and stomatal conductance (g) were at least 49% greater (P < .05) before than after root pruning. Photosynthesis and g were more affected by the removal of four deep roots 30 cm below the surface than by the removal of four shallow roots in the top 30 cm of soil. The soil water extraction [...]

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From Source - Mendeley RIS Export <br> On - Wed Sep 19 08:03:42 MDT 2012

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