Data from: Diversity effects on root length production and loss in an experimental grassland community

Liesje Mommer, Francisco M. Padilla, Jasper Van Ruijven, Annemiek Smit-Tiekstra, Hannie De Caluwe, Frank Berendse & Hans De Kroon
Advances in root ecology have revealed that root standing biomass is higher in species-rich plant communities than in species-poor communities. Currently, we do not know whether this below-ground diversity effect is the result of enhanced root production or reduced root mortality or both, which is essential information to understand ecosystem functioning, as it determines C sequestration and N dynamics in soil. Minirhizotron observations were combined with root coring in five different plant communities (four monocultures...
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