Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
SOIL, 1, 603–612, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-1-603-2015
SOIL, 1, 603–612, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-1-603-2015

Review article 08 Sep 2015

Review article | 08 Sep 2015

Can we manipulate root system architecture to control soil erosion?

A. Ola et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (24 Jun 2015) by Artemi Cerdà
AR by John Quinton on behalf of the Authors (31 Jul 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (review by Editor) (03 Aug 2015) by Artemi Cerdà
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (05 Aug 2015)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (05 Aug 2015) by Artemi Cerdà
ED: Publish as is (05 Aug 2015) by Jorge Mataix-Solera(Executive Editor)
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Short summary
Plant roots are crucial in soil erosion control. Moreover, some species respond to nutrient-rich patches by lateral root proliferation. At the soil surface dense mats of roots may block soil pores thereby limiting infiltration, enhancing runoff; whereas at depth local increases in shear strength may reinforce soils at the shear plane. This review considers the potential of manipulating plant roots to control erosion.