Articles | Volume 21, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 6519–6540, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-6519-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 6519–6540, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-6519-2017

Research article 21 Dec 2017

Research article | 21 Dec 2017

Water movement through plant roots – exact solutions of the water flow equation in roots with linear or exponential piecewise hydraulic properties

Félicien Meunier et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (30 Apr 2017) by Anas Ghadouani
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (28 Oct 2017) by Anas Ghadouani
AR by Félicien Meunier on behalf of the Authors (09 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (10 Nov 2017) by Anas Ghadouani
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ED: Publish as is (15 Nov 2017) by Anas Ghadouani
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To maintain its yield, a plant needs to transpire water that it acquires from the soil. A deep understanding of the mechanisms that lead to water uptake location and intensity is required to correctly simulate the water transfer in the soil to the atmosphere. This work presents novel and general solutions of the water flow equation in roots with varying hydraulic properties that deeply affect the uptake pattern and the transpiration rate and can be used in ecohydrological models.