Importance of individual root traits to understand crop root system in agronomic and environmental contexts

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Resource acquisition, one of the major functions of roots, can contribute to crop growth and mitigating environmental impacts. The spatio-temporal distribution of roots in the soil in relation to the dynamics of the soil resources is critical in resource acquisition. Root distribution is determined by root system development. The root system consists of many individual roots of different types and ages. Each individual root has specific development, resource acquisition, and transport traits, which change with root growth. The integration of individual root traits in the root system could exhibit crop performance in the various environments via root distribution in the soil. However, the relationship between individual root traits and the pattern of root distribution is complicated. To understand this complicated relationship, we need to evaluate enormous numbers of individual root traits and understand the relationship between individual root development and root distribution as well as the integrated functions of individual root traits along with dynamics of resources in the soil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-19
Number of pages7
JournalBreeding Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Crop growth
  • Environmental impact
  • Individual root
  • Resource acquisition
  • Root distribution
  • Root system
  • Root traits


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