The team led by Professor Kong Deliang from the School of Forestry at our university has published an academic paper in the top international journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution (impact factor 16.8). The paper, titled 'The origin of bi-dimensionality in plant root traits,' argues that the multi-dimensionality of roots originates solely from their cylindrical geometry. This significant discovery provides a fresh perspective and a roadmap for understanding the formation and evolution of plant diversity, the relationship between plants and microorganisms, as well as macroscopic and microscopic integrated research.
Zhang Yue, a doctoral student from the School of Forestry at Henan Agricultural University, is the first author of the paper, with Professor Kong Deliang as the corresponding author. The research involved the collaboration of postgraduate student Cao Jingjing, Omidyar Scholar Mingzhen Lu from the Santa Fe Institute in the United States, Professor Paul Kardol from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Associate Professor Wang Junjian from Southern University of Science and Technology, and Professor Fan Guoqiang from Henan Agricultural University.