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Tree roots obtain carbohydrates (sugars) from the leaves as an energy source to take up essential mineral nutrients from the soil. We show that disturbed carbohydrate supply to roots causes a rapid decline of phosphorus uptake and root biomass degradation. This makes trees vulnerable to environmental stresses.
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This page is a summary of: Carbohydrate depletion in roots impedes phosphorus nutrition in young forest trees, New Phytologist, January 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nph.17058.
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