volume 5, issue 4, P313-322 1982
DOI: 10.1111/1365-3040.ep11573079
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Abstract: A method for describing root systems based on geomorphological techniques developed for river systems is described. Root systems, in common with other natural branching structures (rivers, bronchioles, trees), appear to obey Horton's Law of Branching: there is a constant ratio, the bifurcation or branching ratio, R,,, between the number of branches of a given order. A' ,,, and that of the next order A',,,!-In experiments where Poa annua and Runiex crispiis were grown at two levels of fertility, the first-orde…

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