In Citrus L. sp., specific root length of whole root systems has been correlated positively with root hydraulic conductivity, but there is little mechanistic understanding of the causes for this association. The hydraulic conductivity of individual roots in relation to root anatomical characteristics in seedlings of three citrus rootstocks [sour orange (SO) (Citrus aurantium L.), trifoliate orange (TO) (Poncirus trifoliate (L.) Raf.), and Swingle citrumelo (SC) (C. paradisi Macf. × P. trifoliata)] that vary widely in specific root length (SRL) was measured. Among fibrous roots, first-order and secondorder laterals were examined. Relative differences among rootstocks in the overall hydraulic conductivity (LP) and radial conductivity (LR) for individual 1-month-old and 6-month-old second- and first-order roots generally were consistent with hydraulic conductivity determined previously for entire root systems. There were no significant differences in axial conductance per unit pressure (Kh) in either first- or second-order roots among the rootstocks. This was consistent with the similarity in number and diameter of xylem vessels. One-month-old second-order roots had no suberized exodermis but varied in cortical radius. Six-month-old second-order roots of TO, however, had more nonsuberized cells (passage cells) in the exodermis than roots of SC and SO, although the cortical radius of SC and SO roots were not different. Compared to 6-month-old second-order roots, 1-month-old second-order roots had much higher LP and LR but lower Kh. Differences in overall root hydraulic conductivity among the citrus rootstocks were mainly related to structural differences in the radial pathway for water movement, suggesting that radial hydraulic conductivity was the primary determining factor of water uptake in citrus rootstocks.
Bingru Huang and David M. Eissenstat
Qi Zhang, Liqi Yang, and Kevin Rue
‘Memorial’ performed poorly (TPI = 0). Table 5. Correlation coefficients ( r ) among shoot dry weight (SDW), absolute water content (AWC), longest root length (LRL), root dry weight (RDW), specific root length (SRL), and root to shoot dry weight ratio (RSR
Eric M. Lyons, Peter J. Landschoot, and David R. Huff
Industries, Canada). Specific root length was determined after calculating the dry weight of the scanned sample using the fresh weight to ash-free dry weight ratio of the whole sample. The calculated dry weight of the scanned sample was then divided by the
Limeng Xie, Patricia Klein, Kevin Crosby, and John Jifon
) were acquired directly by the software. Root-to-shoot ratio (RSR), specific root length (SRL), and root tissue density (RTD) were computed. Trait abbreviation and explanations are described in Table 1 . Table 1. Summary of measured shoot and root
Ute Albrecht, Mireia Bordas, Beth Lamb, Bo Meyering, and Kim D. Bowman
adventitious roots] and first order lateral roots (defined as lateral roots directly arising from the primary root) of each plant were counted and total root length (TRL) was measured using Assess 2.0 image analysis software. Specific root length was determined
Lambert B. McCarty, Raymond K. McCauley, Haibo Liu, F. Wesley Totten, and Joe E. Toler
from the growth chamber and placed in a cooler at 5 °C until harvest. Bermudagrass plants were harvested, and seedling number, tiller number, shoot dry weight (SDW), root length density (RLD), root mass density (RMD), specific root length (SRL), and
David H. Suchoff, Christopher C. Gunter, and Frank J. Louws
cultivars that had the lowest SRL. Fig. 4. Main effect of tomato rootstock on specific root length ± se by cultivar. Means with common letters are not different (Tukey’s honest significant difference at α = 0.05) and represent the average of four replicate
Georgios Psarras and Ian A. Merwin
One-year-old potted `Mutsu' apple [Malus sylvestris (L.) Mill. var. domestica (Borkh.) Mansf.] trees on scion invigorating Malling-Merton 111 (MM.111) and scion dwarfing Malling 9 (M.9) rootstocks were grown outdoors in containers under three levels of water availability (irrigated at -20, -80, and -200 kPa) to investigate the effects of soil water availability on combined soil/root (rhizosphere) respiration rates, and developmental morphology of root systems. Rhizosphere respiration was measured with a portable infrared gas analyzer, and root biomass was estimated by electrical capacitance. These nondestructive measurements were compared with final root dry weights of harvested trees, to determine their reliability for estimating relative differences in root biomass. Water stress reduced final biomass similarly for both rootstocks, but the relative reduction in shoot growth was greater for MM.111. Root to shoot ratios were higher and average specific root respiration was lower for M.9 rootstock compared with MM.111. M.9 appeared to be more tolerant of water stress then MM.111, due to reduced canopy transpiration relative to root system mass. Water stress increased root to shoot ratios, specific root length, and the carbohydrate costs of root maintenance as indicated by specific respiration rates. Root dry weight (DW) was better correlated to rhizosphere respiration than to root electric capacitance. The observed r 2 values between root capacitance and root DW were as high as 0.73, but capacitance measurements were also influenced by soil water content and rootstock type. Electrical capacitance estimated total root biomass more accurately for M.9 than for MM.111.
J.P. Syvertsen, L.S. Lee, and J.W Grosser
Diploid (2x) and autotetraploid (4x) Citrus L. rootstock cultivars were grown at elevated CO2 to obtain insights into limitations on growth and net gas exchange that have been associated with tetraploidy. Well-nourished 2x and 4x seedlings of `Volkamer' lemon (Volk, C. volkameriana Ten & Pasq.), `Troyer' citrange [Troy, C. sinensis (L.) Osbeck × Poncirus trifoliata (L.) Raf.] and `Cleopatra' mandarin (Cleo, C. reticulata Blanco.), were grown in greenhouses at either ambient or twice ambient CO2 for 4 months. Plant growth, water relations, mineral nutrition, and net gas exchange characteristics of leaves were measured. Most 4x plants were smaller and had lower rates of whole plant transpiration but shorter fibrous roots than 2x plants. Fibrous roots of 4x were thicker than 2x roots as indicated by a lower specific root length (SRL) in 4x than in 2x roots. Root hydraulic conductivity was correlated to total plant growth but there were no effects of CO2 or ploidy on root conductivity. Tetraploid leaves had lower N concentrations than 2x leaves when expressed on a dry weight basis but these differences disappeared when N concentration was expressed on an leaf area basis because 4x leaves had more leaf dry weight per area (LDW/a) than 2x leaves. Plant growth was greater and SRL was lower at elevated CO2 than at ambient CO2. LDW concentrations of N, P, and K were lower at elevated CO2 than at ambient apparently due to a growth dilution effect. LDW/a, net CO2 assimilation (ACO2), and leaf water use efficiency were greater at elevated CO2 than at ambient. Overall, there was no effect of ploidy on ACO2 but 4x Volk and Troy had lower rates of ACO2 than their 2x at elevated CO2. Net gas exchange of tetraploid leaves was less responsive to elevated CO2 than 2x leaves. The low SRL of tetraploids was correlated with low whole plant transpiration rates and low leaf area-based N concentrations, which may be operative in determining the growth characteristics associated with tetraploidy.
Thomas Tworkoski and Ralph Scorza
Shoot and root characteristics of four peach tree [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch (Peach Group)] growth habits (compact, dwarf, pillar, and standard) were studied. In compact trees, leaf number (1350/tree) was twice, but leaf area (6 cm2/leaf) was half that of pillar and standard trees. The number of lateral branches in compact trees (34) was nearly three times more than in pillar and standard trees. Leaf area index (total one-side leaf area per tree divided by the canopy cross-sectional area of the tree) of pillar trees was greater than compact, dwarf, and standard trees (13 compared with 4, 4, and 3, respectively) due to a narrower crown diameter. Dwarf trees were distinct with few leaves (134/tree) and less than half the roots of the other growth habits. Compact trees produced more higher order lateral (HOL) roots than pillar and standard trees. More second order lateral (SOL) roots were produced by compact than standard trees (1.2 vs. 0.8 SOL roots per centimeter first order lateral root). Pillar trees had higher shoot: root dry weight (DW) ratios (2.4) than compact and standard trees (1.7 for both) due to lower root DWs. Root topology was similar among compact, pillar, and standard peach trees but root axes between branch junctions (links) were significantly longer in compact trees. Compact trees had more and longer HOL roots in roots originating near the root collar (stem-root junction) (i.e., more fibrous roots) and this appeared to correlate with more lateral branches in the canopy. These results indicate significant differences in root as well as shoot architecture among growth habits that can affect their use as scion or rootstock cultivars.