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31 January 2009 Evidence of Extreme Root Proliferation in Response to the Presence of a Nutrient Rich Resource Patch by Eriogonum parvifolium
Milan J. Mitrovich
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I discovered evidence of extreme root proliferation by Eriogonum parvifolium following the recovery of skeletal remains of a large, radio-tracked snake buried in the sand dune environment at the Tijuana Estuary in San Diego, California. Located beneath an isolated E. parvifolium, the recovered remains were grossly entangled by a large number of roots generally absent from the adjacent soil. The apparent massive localized proliferation of roots suggests decomposition of the animal created a favorable soil mosaic readily utilized by the plant in an otherwise low nutrient environment.

Milan J. Mitrovich "Evidence of Extreme Root Proliferation in Response to the Presence of a Nutrient Rich Resource Patch by Eriogonum parvifolium," Madroño 56(1), 58-59, (31 January 2009). https://doi.org/10.3120/0024-9637-56.1.58
Published: 31 January 2009
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Eriogonum parvifolium
nutrient patch
resource heterogeneity
root growth response
Root proliferation
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