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Root-water table interactions in corn-soybean systems

In this study we investigate how groundwater table depth may influence plant growth above- and below-ground through affecting the vertical distribution of roots. The purpose of this project is to identify traits associated with acquisition capability for above- and below-ground resources and responses to different levels of water table, as well as to assess the effects of such growth conditions on: 1) above total biomass, 2) total root growth, morphology and distribution through the soil profile and 3) the relationship of these root traits with physiological yield components.

Principal Investigators
Associate Professor
Pioneer Hi-Bred Agronomy Professor
Archontoulis, Sotirios
1216 Agron
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