New nitrogen uptake strategy: specialized show roots.

V.G. Onipchenko, M.I. Kakarov, R.S.P van Logtestijn, V.B. Ivanov, A.A. Akmetzhanova, D.K. Tekeev, A.A. Ermak, F.S. Salpagarova, A.D. Kozhevnikova, J.H.C. Cornelissen

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The evolution of plants has yielded a wealth of adaptations for the acquisition of key mineral nutrients. These include the structure, physiology and positioning of root systems. We report the discovery of specialized snow roots as a plant strategy to cope with the very short season for nutrient uptake and growth in alpine snow-beds, i.e. patches in the landscape that remain snow-covered well into the summer. We provide anatomical, chemical and experimental
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)758-764
JournalEcology Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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