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Root‐based functional traits are relatively overlooked as drivers of savanna plant community dynamics, an important gap in water‐limited ecosystems. Recent work has shed light on patterns of trait coordination in roots, but less is known about the relationship between root functional traits, water acquisition, and plant demographic rates. Here, we...
PREMISE: Belowground functional traits play a significant role in determining plant water use strategies and plant performance, but we lack data on root traits across communities, particularly in the tropical savanna biome, where vegetation dynamics are hypothesized to be strongly driven by tree–grass functional differences in water use. METHODS: W...