International Sugar Journal

WinRHIZO™ software for evaluating effects of farming systems on sugarcane root systems* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Sugarcane roots are notoriously difficult to study.  The opaque nature of the soil matrix, large biomass, and ratooning habit of the crop make studying roots challenging.  WinRHIZO™ is a specialist root analysis software that provides rapid and accurate measurement of a host of root characteristics in a fraction of the time that it would take by traditional methods.  This paper demonstrates the use of WinRHIZO™ to evaluate root systems under different farming systems management.  A paired site was identified in the Herbert district consisting of two commercial sugarcane blocks.  One was conventionally managed while the other was under an…

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