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Great Plains Geology > Wheat / Wheatgrass Root Pit by Steve Renich

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Steve Renich Steve Renich
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23
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0.40 Gigapixels
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4207
Date added
Jul 13, 2008
Date taken
Jul 12, 2008
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On the right is perennial Intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium), a close relative of our major annual crop wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seen on the left. The view shows the deep (5 – 6 foot) root structure of wheatgrass beside the roots of wheat predominantly in the 18” range. Wheatgrass is a potential grain crop on its own; we are working with genetically diverse populations selecting for crop-like traits.
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  1. Steve Renich

    Steve Renich (July 16, 2008, 03:16AM )

    Thanks Ron, this section was carefully washed by our soil scientists to expose the roots. A tedious effort!

  2. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (July 15, 2008, 09:07PM )

    Wonderful use of the GigaPan, Steve. I've thought about doing a cross section cutaway through soil horizons myself, but I haven't come across any cuts nearly as cleanly exposed as this. Great work!

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