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Field studies of plant root systems have been improved by recent developments in computer assisted measurements. Large factorial experiments can be sampled, roots and the mineral soil fraction separated, and the roots quantified with less human intervention. These morphological measurements potentially provide uniform methods for comparing root systems of distinctive ecosystems located in multiple landscapes across several physiographic environments. Additionally, the nondestructive minirhizotron offers a method for comparing dynamic root system responses to short and long-term environmental conditions.
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