Articles | Volume 17, issue 24
Research article
17 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 17 Dec 2020

Root uptake under mismatched distributions of water and nutrients in the root zone

Jing Yan, Nathaniel A. Bogie, and Teamrat A. Ghezzehei


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (26 Jul 2020) by Kenneth Rose
AR by Jing Yan on behalf of the Authors (21 Aug 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Aug 2020) by Kenneth Rose
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (02 Sep 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 Oct 2020) by Kenneth Rose
AR by Jing Yan on behalf of the Authors (20 Oct 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (23 Oct 2020) by Kenneth Rose
Short summary
An uneven supply of water and nutrients in soils often drives how plants behave. We observed that plants extract all their required nutrients from dry soil patches in sufficient quantity, provided adequate water is available elsewhere in the root zone. Roots in nutrient-rich dry patches facilitate the nutrient acquisition by extensive growth, water release, and modifying water retention in their immediate environment. The findings are valuable in managing nutrient losses in agricultural systems.
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