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Volume 20, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3441–3454, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3441-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3441–3454, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3441-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 29 Aug 2016

Research article | 29 Aug 2016

A thermodynamic formulation of root water uptake

Anke Hildebrandt et al.

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This theoretical paper describes the energy fluxes and dissipation along the flow paths involved in root water uptake, an approach that is rarely taken. We show that this provides useful additional insights for understanding the biotic and abiotic impediments to root water uptake. This approach shall be applied to explore efficient water uptake strategies and help locate the limiting processes in the complex soil–plant–atmosphere system.
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