Root functional parameters along a land-use gradient: evidence of a community-level economics spectrum
Iván Prieto, Catherine Roumet, Remi Cardinael, Christian Dupraz, Christophe Jourdan, John H. Kim, Jean Luc Maeght, Zhun Mao, Alain Pierret, Noelia Portillo, Olivier Roupsard, Chantanousone Thammahacksa and Alexia Stokes
Article first published online: 19 JAN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12351
Using root traits from communities in contrasting climates and land-use types, we demonstrate the existence of a community-root economics spectrum, that is a trade-off in root construction favouring either resource acquisition or conservation operating within different root types (fine, coarse). This suggests that all plant tissues are controlled by similar trade-offs.