Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
Research article
08 May 2015
Research article |  | 08 May 2015

Monitoring and modelling of soil–plant interactions: the joint use of ERT, sap flow and eddy covariance data to characterize the volume of an orange tree root zone

G. Cassiani, J. Boaga, D. Vanella, M. T. Perri, and S. Consoli


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Feb 2015) by Marnik Vanclooster
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ED: Publish as is (17 Apr 2015) by Marnik Vanclooster
Short summary
The paper presents an integrated approach to monitoring root water uptake and link this information to the plant transpiration measured by sap flow and eddy covariance. The monitoring of soil conditions is achieved using 3-D electrical resistivity tomography. This ensemble of data can be used jointly to model the soil-plant interactions and identify the extent and efficiency of the root zone in front of existing irrigation schemes. A case study is presented regarding an orange orchard in Sicily.