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Table 1 Initial root traits of different branch orders in P. asperata

From: Do root modules still exist after they die?

Root order Root diameter (mm) N (g∙kg− 1) P (g∙kg− 1) C/N C/P
Order 1 0.29 ± 0.02c 11.1 ± 0.4a 0.81 ± 0.01a 30 ± 2d 410 ± 21d
Order 2 0.33 ± 0.03c 9.0 ± 0.1b 0.64 ± 0.01b 39 ± 4c 553 ± 61c
Order 3 0.46 ± 0.04b 7.7 ± 0.2c 0.52 ± 0.04c 55 ± 7b 815 ± 92b
Order 4 0.50 ± 0.07b 5.7 ± 0.1d 0.49 ± 0.03c 81 ± 5a 945 ± 64b
Order 5 0.64 ± 0.07a 5.5 ± 0.2d 0.37 ± 0.03d 89 ± 5a 1322 ± 94a
  1. Different lowercases indicate a significant difference in variables among orders