CitationAres, J. (1976). Dynamics of the root system of blue grama. Journal of Range Management, 29(3), 208-213.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractField experiments were conducted to determine dynamics of the root system of blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis) during the 1973 growing season at the US/IBP Pawnee Site in northern Colorado. Differentiation and growth of blue grama roots were recorded in field conditions by means of windows in excavations. Roots began to grow and differentiate a short time before leaf growth was apparent. Desiccation of soil in the mid-growing season resulted in death and subsequent decomposition of 30% to 60% of the newly formed roots. Massive root growth occurred when soil water potential was high near the end of the growing season. Roots were separated into morphological categories by microscopic analysis of soil samples on May 15, near the beginning of the growing season, and on August 9, near the end of it. Young nonsuberized roots, so important in water absorption, were concentrated in regions of the soil profile where soil water potential was high. An empirical model of root growth and development in B. gracilis is derived from the data.