The role of fine‐root mass, specific root length and lifespan in tree performance: a whole‐tree exploration

Monique Weemstra, Natasa Kiorapostolou, Jasper Van Ruijven, Liesje Mommer, Jorad De Vries & Frank Sterck
1. The root economics spectrum (RES) hypothesis predicts that fast-growing tree species have short-lived roots with high specific root length (SRL) to allow rapid resource uptake, and opposite trait expressions for slow-growing species. Yet, the mixed support for this hypothesis suggests that trees can adopt alternative strategies to increase resource uptake, besides an increase in SRL. 2. We combined a novel mechanistic whole-tree model and empirical fine-root data of ten tree species to test the...
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