Journal article

Roots of Australian alpine plant species contain high levels of stored carbohydrates independent of post-fire regeneration strategy

AD Tolsma, SM Read, KG Tolhurst

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

The relationships between root morphology, level of stored non-structural carbohydrates and post-fire regeneration strategy were investigated in 37 Australian alpine plant species: 6 reseeders, 14 resprouters and 17 capable of both reseeding and resprouting. High concentrations of stored carbohydrate (up to 61.8% DW) were a feature of most species, with more than half of the 37 species containing non-structural carbohydrate concentrations of more than 10%. Fructan was the major reserve polysaccharide in 32 of the 37 species, with particularly high concentrations in the Asteraceae (up to 43.1%). Herbaceous species stored higher concentrations of carbohydrates and had fleshier roots than did s..

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