Discover the Fascinating World of Plant Root Systems with Erwin Lichtenegger and Lore Kutschera’s Collaborative Project
As someone who has always been fascinated by the hidden world of plant roots, I am thrilled to share with you the incredible collaborative project of the late botanists Erwin Lichtenegger and Lore Kutschera. Through their detailed drawings, we are able to celebrate the power and beauty of these vital systems that often go unseen.
The archive, which has been digitized by the Wageningen University & Research, is the result of 40 years of research in Austria. This research involved cultivating and carefully retrieving developed plant life from the soil for study, and the result is a collection of over 1,000 renderings of the winding, spindly roots of agricultural crops, shrubs, trees, and weeds. Some of these roots even branch out multiple feet wide, showcasing the complexity and diversity of plant roots.
This archive is a true treasure trove for anyone interested in the hidden world of plants, and I encourage you to take the time to explore and discover the beauty and importance of these vital systems.