The expanded usage of white clover has increased the importance of understanding white clover dynamics. It is assumed that clover plants have a higher tolerance to moisture and nutrient deficiencies when the taproot is still present. Therefore, the survival of the seminal taproot can influence the dynamics of clover. There is no direct evidence whether increased survival of the taproot results in increased performance of white clover. In this study, we aimed to: (1) assess the relationship between taproot volume and taproot survival; and (2) whether the timing of death of the seminal taproot influences the population dynamics of white clover varieties. In a two-year field experiment with 18 white clover varieties grown in monoculture and in mixture with Lolium perenne L, the taproot characteristics and population dynamics were studied. It was shown that taproot volume was positively correlated to both leaf size and taproot presence during autumn 2017. The combination of the timing of death of the seminal tap root and the development of stolons seems to play a more important role in increasing the persistence of white clover than the survival of the seminal taproot. Future research should focus on understanding the transition from a taprooted white clover to a stolonous white clover plant.
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Keywords in English: nodal roots, breeding, morphology, stolons, regenerative agriculture, organic agriculture