When a drought hits and the soil dries out, only crops with deep roots have access to deep stored soil moisture.

2019.07.22 | News type

Deep roots help crops to survive - but not necessarily to thrive

When a drought hits, there is often still water in the deeper soil. If crops have deep roots, they can access this water. Chicory is such a crop, and it takes up substantial amounts of water from the deep soil; however not enough to escape a drought.

Photo: Excavated soil profile under cultivated grassland

2018.12.04 | News type

Root litter chemistry and soil nutrient availability affect subsoil carbon turnover

Carbon (C) turnover in subsoil was studied by Zhi Liang, PhD student of the Deep Frontier project. The results presents a framework for enhanced subsoil C stock through a deep-rooted cropping system as related to root nitrogen (N) and lignin contents, soil N availability, and microbial activity.

2018.05.15 | Events

Go in-depth with deep roots on 'The Day of the Roots', 4 June 2018 (in Danish)

What is going on in the deep soil layers? How do crops response to water stress? Do plants get water and nutrition from the deep soil layers? Do deep roots affect the soils’ microorganisms? How can we utilise plants with deep roots? Get answers to these questions when the Robusta project invites to 'The Day of the Roots' in Taastrup, Denmark.

Live presentations of the project

Project partners have presented various aspects of the project for a curious audience. The presentations were in Danish and were made into videos. The videos can be viewed on ICROFS' website.