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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-6377-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-6377-2020
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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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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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