Scaling Root Processes: Global Impacts

Published: 4 November 2013

The origins of this Virtual Issue lie in a workshop titled Scaling Root Processes: Global Impacts, held in Washington, D.C. on 7–9 March 2012. The workshop was organised in response to the growing recognition of the importance of terrestrial ecosystems in the global carbon cycle and the need to improve model representations of carbon flow within ecosystems by bringing root functions into models.

The workshop brought together over 50 researchers to discuss new research approaches and technologies for improving our fundamental understanding of root processes and their representation in predictive climate models. Many of the articles included in this collection originated from the workshop discussions. Others in the collection have been selected from the New Phytologist archive. The journal has a long history of publishing important work on root biology, particularly in relation to global change issues, and this collection serves to further enhance the understanding of root systems and their dynamic interactions with broader ecosystem-level processes.

Rosa Matamala, Guest Editor, New Phytologist 
Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA
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