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    Author(s): J. L. Schuster; C. H. Wasser
    Date: 1964
    Source: Journal of Range Management. 17(2): 85-87.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    A method of exposing root systems of individual plants or plant communities has been developed and used successfully at the Manitou Experimental Forest in Colorado. Called the nail-board method, it incorporates techniques used by Pavlychenko (1937), Weaver and Darland (1949), and especially adapts those of de Roo (1957). Soil monoliths containing root samples are excavated in a nail-studded frame. The nails retain the roots in their natural positions while the soil is washed away. The method proved effective in sampling root systems of native ranges and should be adaptable to crop plants.

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    Schuster, J. L.; Wasser, C. H. 1964. Nail-board method of root sampling. Journal of Range Management. 17(2): 85-87.


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