Journal article

Carbon resource sharing and rhizome expansion of Phalaris aquatica plants in grazed pastures

BR Cullen, DF Chapman, PE Quigley

FUNCTIONAL PLANT BIOLOGY | C S I R O PUBLISHING | Published : 2005

Abstract

The patterns of carbon (C) resource sharing and new rhizome development in phalaris (Phalaris aquatica L. cv. Australian) were examined in grazed pastures in western Victoria. The seasonal pattern of new rhizome growth was similar under the four grazing systems tested. New rhizome production was infrequent but concentrated in winter. The phalaris plants maintained more than 1600 kg DW ha-1 of non-assimilating material beneath the soil surface (0-5 cm). Gaseous 14C was fed into plants in the field to determine if these below ground structures continued to be supported by the C assimilating tillers. The results indicated that the primary tiller does provide C to support the growth of secondary..

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