Using coloured roots to study root interaction and competition in intercropped legumes and non-legumes

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Root interactions between neighbour plants represent a fundamental aspect of the competitive dynamics in pure stand and mixed cropping systems. The comprehension of such phenomena places big methodological challenges, and still needs clarification.

The objectives of this work were (i) to test if a species with coloured roots can be used to examine the interaction in a legume-non-legume intercropping system; (ii) to verify the importance of initial root growth on the successive root development of mixture component plants; (iii) to test if the root interaction in the shallow layers has consequences for deep root growth and (iv) to compare the effect of intraspecific and interspecific competition on root development and biomass growth.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Plant Ecology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)191-199
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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