David Eissenstat

Professor of Woody Plant Physiology

David Eissenstat

Research Summary

Plant physiological ecology. Root biology and physiology. Plant carbon and nutrient economies.

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Publication Tags

Soil Fine Roots Nutrients Fungi Carbon Nitrogen Food Decomposition Gardens Ecosystem Effect Soil Carbon Branching Garden Forests Soils Grazing Acidity Chemical Analysis Foraging Biomass Leaves Fine Root Shale Plant Roots

Most Recent Papers

The hierarchy of root branching order determines bacterial composition, microbial carrying capacity and microbial filtering

William L. King, Caylon F. Yates, Jing Guo, Suzanne M. Fleishman, Ryan V. Trexler, Michela Centinari, Terrence H. Bell, David M. Eissenstat, 2021, Communications Biology

Undervine groundcover substantially increases shallow but not deep soil carbon in a temperate vineyard

Suzanne M. Fleishman, Hayden W. Bock, David M. Eissenstat, Michela Centinari, 2021, Agro-Ecosystems

Tree‐induced alterations to soil properties and rhizoplane‐associated bacteria following 23 years in a common garden

Caylon F. Yates, Jing Guo, Terrence H. Bell, Suzanne M. Fleishman, Hayden W. Bock, Ryan V. Trexler, David M. Eissenstat, Michela Centinari, 2021, Plant and Soil on p. 591-602

Warming and grazing interact to affect root dynamics in an alpine meadow

Yibo Wu, Biao Zhu, David M. Eissenstat, Shiping Wang, Yanhong Tang, Xiaoyong Cui, 2021, Plant and Soil on p. 109-124

Remarkable Similarity in Timing of Absorptive Fine-Root Production Across 11 Diverse Temperate Tree Species in a Common Garden

Jennifer M. Withington, Marc Goebel, Bartosz Bułaj, Jacek Oleksyn, Peter B. Reich, David M. Eissenstat, 2021, Frontiers in Plant Science

Limiting similarity shapes the functional and phylogenetic structure of root neighborhoods in a subtropical forest

Wenqi Luo, Runxuan Lan, Dongxia Chen, Bingwei Zhang, Nianxun Xi, Yuanzhi Li, Suqing Fang, Oscar J. Valverde-Barrantes, David M. Eissenstat, Chengjin Chu, Youshi Wang, 2021, New Phytologist on p. 1078-1090

Topographic and Host Effects on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal and Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Communities in a Forested Watershed

Weile Chen, Roger T. Koide, David M. Eissenstat, 2020, Ecosystems on p. 1537-1546

On the controls of preferential flow in soils of different hillslope position and lithological origin

Qicheng Tang, Jonathan M. Duncan, Li Guo, Henry Lin, Dacheng Xiao, David M. Eissenstat, 2020, Hydrological Processes on p. 4295-4306

Bark decomposition in white oak soil outperforms eastern hemlock soil, while bark type leads to consistent changes in soil microbial composition

Rondy J. Malik, Ryan V. Trexler, David M. Eissenstat, Terrence H. Bell, 2020, Biogeochemistry on p. 329-343

On characterizing root function in perennial horticultural crops

Emily K. Lavely, Weile Chen, K. Aysha Peterson, Annie E. Klodd, Astrid Volder, Richard P. Marini, David M. Eissenstat, 2020, American Journal of Botany on p. 1214-1224

Most-Cited Papers

Redefining fine roots improves understanding of below-ground contributions to terrestrial biosphere processes

M. Luke McCormack, Ian A. Dickie, David M. Eissenstat, Timothy J. Fahey, Christopher W. Fernandez, Dali Guo, Heljä Sisko Helmisaari, Erik A. Hobbie, Colleen M. Iversen, Robert B. Jackson, Jaana Leppälammi-Kujansuu, Richard J. Norby, Richard P. Phillips, Kurt S. Pregitzer, Seth G. Pritchard, Boris Rewald, Marcin Zadworny, 2015, New Phytologist on p. 505-518

Predicting fine root lifespan from plant functional traits in temperate trees

M. Luke Mccormack, Thomas S. Adams, Erica A.H. Smithwick, David M. Eissenstat, 2012, New Phytologist on p. 823-831

Evolutionary history resolves global organization of root functional traits

Zeqing Ma, Dali Guo, Xingliang Xu, Mingzhen Lu, Richard D. Bardgett, David M. Eissenstat, M. Luke McCormack, Lars O. Hedin, 2018, Nature on p. 94-97

Linking root traits to nutrient foraging in arbuscular mycorrhizal trees in a temperate forest

David M. Eissenstat, Joshua M. Kucharski, Marcin Zadworny, Thomas S. Adams, Roger T. Koide, 2015, New Phytologist on p. 114-124

Root morphology and mycorrhizal symbioses together shape nutrient foraging strategies of temperate trees

Weile Chen, Roger T. Koide, Thomas S. Adams, Jared L. DeForest, Lei Cheng, David M. Eissenstat, 2016, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 8741-8746

Tree species effects on coupled cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and acidity in mineral soils at a common garden experiment

Kevin E. Mueller, David M. Eissenstat, Sarah E. Hobbie, Jacek Oleksyn, Andrzej M. Jagodzinski, Peter B. Reich, Oliver A. Chadwick, Jon Chorover, 2012, Biogeochemistry on p. 601-614

Decomposition of the finest root branching orders

Marc Goebel, Sarah E. Hobbie, Bartosz Bulaj, Marcin Zadworny, Douglas D. Archibald, Jacek Oleksyn, Peter B. Reich, David M. Eissenstat, 2011, Ecological Monographs on p. 89-102

Complementarity in nutrient foraging strategies of absorptive fine roots and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi across 14 coexisting subtropical tree species

Bitao Liu, Hongbo Li, Biao Zhu, Roger T. Koide, David M. Eissenstat, Dali Guo, 2015, New Phytologist on p. 125-136

Variation of first-order root traits across climatic gradients and evolutionary trends in geological time

Weile Chen, Hui Zeng, David M. Eissenstat, Dali Guo, 2013, Global Ecology and Biogeography on p. 846-856

Hydraulic patterns and safety margins, from stem to stomata, in three eastern US tree species

D. M. Johnson, K. A. McCulloh, F. C. Meinzer, D. R. Woodruff, D. M. Eissenstat, 2011, Tree Physiology on p. 659-668